Search begins for 2025 World Games host
The International World Games Association has begun the search for a host for the 2025 edition of the multisport games for mainly non-Olympic sports, by issuing bid guidelines via its website.
The 119-page document, including deadlines, beginning with the bid deadline for potential host cities, can be found here. The IWGA said that it has already received some initial expressions of interest from possible host cities.
The federation said: “The bidding and awarding process will be completed in less than a year: the host contract will be officially signed at the IWGA Annual General Meeting in spring 2019. Potential bidders have the advantage that the host of this 11-day international multi-sports event is not required to build new sports facilities for the various sports and disciplines of the games.”
José Perurena (pictured), the federation’s president, added: “The newly released document supports the candidate city’s representatives in getting a good overview of all the facts and the requirements for hosting The World Games, and includes a clear structured questionnaire which will enable the IWGA Evaluation Committee to compare bids in a transparent and fair way.”
The next edition of the quadrennial games is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, Alabama in 2021, while Wroclaw in Poland hosted the most recent edition last year. Sportcal conducted a GSI Event Study on The World Games 2017, finding that 3,292 athletes representing 103 nations competed at the event, which was attended by 240,000 spectators. The key findings of the study will be published on the Sportcal website in the coming weeks.The games received TV coverage amounting to 2,000 hours in 115 countries and were broadcast worldwide by the Olympic Channel worldwide.
Approximately 5,000 athletes, coaches and officials from more than 110 countries are expected to take part in the official and invitational sports programme of The World Games 2025. The athletes will compete for gold medals in approximately 200 medal events during the games.