Racquetball and softball return to World Games programme
Racquetball and softball will once again feature on the programme for the World Games after the line-up for the 2021 edition in Birmingham, Alabama was revealed.
The duo have not been contested since the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia (when softball was one of four invitational sports).
Around 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries will compete in 30 official sports at the 2021 World Games.
Additional information regarding the disciplines in each sport will be released later this year.
Meanwhile, wheelchair sports are to be contested for the first time in the 40-year history of the World Games.
Discussions are continuing on the invitational sports at Birmingham 2021, with wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, lacrosse and duathlon all under consideration.
It will be the first time USA has hosted the World Games since the inaugural edition in 1981. Racquetball and softball were part of the first games in Santa Clara, California.
José Perurena, president of the International World Games Association, said: “I'm sure this programme will be attractive for spectators, both on site and on screen. It strikes a good balance between team and individual sports, and demands widely varying skills such as strength, precision, control, artistry, endurance, courage and agility.
“We took account of all the reports on last year's Wroclaw Games and the performance of our various federations. Now we have to fine tune the specific events in association with our federations. We're all set for great Games in Birmingham 2021.”
It was also announced that Perurena is to continue as president of the IWGA after his new term was ratified at the federation's annual general meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.
Perurena, the head of the International Canoe Federation and an International Olympic Committee member, was the sole candidate for the presidency, and will serve until at least 2022.
He was elected IWGA president in 2014 after beating Harald Vervaecke, the secretary general of the International Lifesaving Federation, by 24 votes to 12 in the race to succeed Ron Froehlich who had served 22 years as the organisation's leader.