World Games rescheduled for 2022 to avoid Olympics
The World Games, the quadrennial multi-sports event, originally scheduled to take place in Birmingham, Alabama in USA in July 2021, have been postponed by a year to avoid a clash of dates with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games.
In a meeting today, the International World Games Association, organiser of the World Games, and the Birmingham Organising Committee agreed to the postponement of the event by to 2022 after the International Olympic Committee's rescheduling of the Tokyo Olympics, to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021, resulted in an overlap.
The World Games, which feature disciplines not on the Olympic programme and originally scheduled for 15 to 25 July, 2021, will now take place from 7 to 17 July, 2022.
The decision was unanimously approved by the IWGA in a video conference.
While the two events are run by separate entities, the IOC and IWGA use the same broadcast company, IOC-owned International Sports Broadcasting, and Swiss Timing, the international sports timekeeping company.
The BOC and IWGA said keeping the event to the original dates would have meant excluding officials involved in the Olympics and a potential reduction in public and media interest.
Nick Seller, chief executive of the BOC, said: “While it wasn’t an easy decision, it was the right one for our athletes, fans, sponsors and community. We share many key partners of the IOC, and this move will ensure that we maintain national and international television coverage as well as keeping several sport competitions that participate in the Tokyo Summer Olympics.”
Jose Perurena, IWGA president, said: “A great deal of detailed work is now required to implement this decision, and further progress reports will be issued in due course but I am impressed by the flexibility and efficiency of the BOC: they have been able, in just two days after the IOC’s announcement, to get all the main organisational items in place.”