The International World Games Association (IWGA), the organizer of the quadrennial World Games multi-sport event, has announced the German city of Karlsruhe as the host city of its 2029 edition.

Karlsruhe, in the southwestern German region of Baden-Württemberg, will become the first city to host the World Games twice, having first staged the event in 1989 before the reunification of Germany.

Germany also hosted the 2005 edition of the World Games in Duisburg.

Karlsruhe was announced as the host city at the IWGA annual general meeting today in Esslingen, Germany, with the IWGA stating that it was selected after “careful consideration” at the end of a bidding process that included at least one other German city.

The 2029 World Games will be the 13th edition of the quadrennial event that showcases around 35 sports, most of which do not typically appear at the Olympics, while the 12th edition in 2025 will be hosted in Chengdu, China.

World Games 2029 will cap off a few busy years of events hosting for Germany, which staged the 2024 EHF European Men's Handball Championship and will co-host the 2029 IHF Handball Men’s World Championship.

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Germany will provide three venues for the competition which, due to its proximity to the French border, could include the city of Mannheim in Baden-Württemberg.

Although the IHF World Championships, taking place in January, will not overlap with the World Games, the financial burden on Baden-Württemberg to host two major events in different cities in the same year may be high, should Mannheim indeed be selected.

Germany will also host the IHF 2025 World Women’s Handball Championship, the 2024 European Championships of soccer, the 2025 FIBA Women’s EuroBasket, and the 2026 FIBA Basketball Women's World Cup, although none of which will stage events in Baden-Württemberg.