30 sports competing at World Games 2021 Birmingham

The International World Games Association today announced the 30 sports will be included in the World Games 2021 Birmingham.

These sports contests involve 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries. They will compete for gold in Birmingham between July 15-25, 2021.

The World Games 2021 Birmingham will celebrate the return of two sports to competition, including racquetball, which was last played in 2013, and softball, last played in 1985.

Several of the 30 sports selected, including bowling, finswimming, gymnastics, karate, powerlifting, racquetball, roller sports, softball, tug of war and water ski, were also on the official program of the first World Games – and the only other Games to be held in the United States – in Santa Clara, Calif., in 1981.

“This is a big day for The World Games, and for Birmingham,” said DJ Mackovets, CEO of The World Games 2021 Birmingham. “We’re excited to bring these sports – some of which likely will be new and unique to sports fans – to our city. But more importantly, we’re thrilled about Birmingham’s opportunity to shine on an international stage.”

The announcement was made this morning in Bangkok, Thailand.

“This is an exciting time as we learn more about the sports that will be part of The World Games Birmingham 2021. They are a combination of familiar sports and a few lesser-known ones that many people will come to love,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. “As we prepare to host the world in 2021, we also have a great opportunity to learn more about the incredible athletes and competition heading to our city. We’ll be ready.”

In addition to the 30 official sports selected by the IWGA, Birmingham, as host city, had the opportunity to select up to five invitational sports to include in the program. Four of those invitational sports – duathalon, lacrosse, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby – also were announced on Monday.

“I’m sure this programme will be attractive for spectators, both on site and on screen,” said International World Games CEO Joachim Gossow. “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 just have to fine tune the specific events in association with our federations. We’re all set for great Games in Birmingham 2021.”

The 2021 edition of The World Games will mark the 40th anniversary of the Games. The event, which also features the traditional pageantry of an Opening Ceremony and concludes with a Closing Ceremony celebration, is projected to generate $256 million in economic impact on the city of Birmingham over the course of 11 days.

The full list of official sports at The World Games 2021 Birmingham includes:

ARTISTIC & DANCE SPORT

DanceSport

Gymnastics

MARTIAL ARTS

Ju-Jitsu

Karate

Kickboxing

Muaythai

Sumo

BALL SPORTS

Canoe Polo

Fistball

Floorball

Handball

Korfball

Lacrosse

Raquetball

Softball

Squash

PRECISION SPORTS

Archery

Billiards

Boules Sports

Bowling

STRENGTH SPORTS

Powerlifting

Tug of War

TREND SPORTS

Air Sports

Finswimming

Flying Disc

Lifesaving

Orienteering

Roller Sports

Sport Climbing

Waterski & Wakeboard

INVITATIONAL SPORTS

Duathalon

Lacrosse

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Rugby

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