— Published 8 March 2022

The race is on

The race is on. The International World Games Association (IWGA) has officially launched the call for bids for the 2029 edition of the multi-sport event. The body announced in a press release that the applications will first be analysed and evaluated by its board of directors, before being submitted to the vote of the general assembly. According to the IWGA’s director general, several cities have already expressed their interest in hosting the World Games in 2029. To be selected, the candidates will have to respect the three pillars of the movement: excellence, sustainability and inclusion. As a reminder, the next edition of the World Games, initially planned for 2021 but postponed due to the health crisis, is due to be held this year, from 7 to 17 July, in the American city of Birmingham, Alabama. It is expected to bring together over 3,600 athletes from around 100 countries, with a programme of 34 non-Olympic sports. The next edition, in 2025, has already been awarded to the Chinese city of Chengdu.