The 2022 World Games will take place at 14 community venues in Birmingham from July 7 to 17. 3,600 athletes are expected to participate in 34 different sports.
“All of these venues provide a unique experience for fans and competitors,” said Nick Sellers, CEO of the 2022 World Games. “These venues have been carefully selected as the best Birmingham has to offer, and we are delighted to host them. the best edition of the World Games ever. “
Below is a list of the venues and sports that will take place at each location, and a closer look at at least one unique sport from each location.
Protection stadium – Opening and closing ceremonies
The official introduction of the 2022 World Games and the city of Birmingham will include performances, special effects, honorable dignitaries and a parade of athletes representing more than 100 countries. Produced by Birmingham-based LRY Media Group, the opening ceremony will celebrate Birmingham’s past, present and future. Presented by Alabama Power
The 2022 World Games Grand Final, The Closing Ceremony is a celebration of the Games with live entertainment and an opportunity for athletes, fans and volunteers to bid farewell to Birmingham. It will also include the ceremony of handing over the flag of the World Games to representatives of the next host city of the World Games: Chengdu, China 2025. Presented by Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED
Avondale Park – Archery
The archery game uses a string bow to propel an arrow towards a target with the aim of being as close to the center of the target as possible. There are three archery disciplines offered in the World Games: Target and Scope, including Recurve Bow and Bare Field.
Barber Motorsports Park – Drone racing, canopy piloting
There are two disciplines of air sports: canopy piloting and drone racing.
Canopy Piloting tests a skydiver’s ability to control a canopy with precision at high speed. After jumping out of a plane, competitors spiral down to a performance area – a long body of water known as a “plunging pond”.
Drone Race tests a pilot’s ability to fly a drone on a specially designed course, often passing through gates and around obstacles to reach the finish line as quickly as possible. Drones used in drone racing competitions are typically built by the pilots themselves and are designed for speed and agility.
Birmingham Crossplex – Inline Hockey, Figure Roller Skating, Speed Skating, Wheelchair Rugby, Lifesaving, Fins Swimming, Canoe Polo
Underwater, a discipline is offered at the World Games: swimming with fins. This event is a sport of swimming with the help of fins (monofin or twin fin) on the surface of the water using a snorkel, or underwater with a monofin while holding its breath. There are three categories of swimming with fins at the World Games: freediving, surface and bi-fins.
Freediving is swimming underwater using a mask, a monofin and holding your breath. Surface swimming involves swimming on the surface of the water using a mask, snorkel and monofins. Bi-fin swimming is an event where athletes swim on the surface of the water with a mask, snorkel and pair of fins using a crawling style.
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex – Dance, Gymnastics, Bowling, KORFBALL, Floorball, Powerlifting, Billiards
Korfball is a ball sport similar to basketball and netball. A team is made up of eight players: four women and four men. The object of the game is to throw the ball into a bottomless basket mounted on an 11.5 foot pole.
Birmingham Southern College – FISTBALL, orienteering (sprint), karate, Wushu, Ju-Jitsu
Fistball is a sport similar to volleyball. Two teams composed of 5 players play on a field divided into two halves by a drawn line and a net at a height of 2 meters for men and 1.90 meters for women. The objective of each team is to hit the ball through the net in a way that the opponent fails to come back.
Boutwell Auditorium – Sumo, Kickboxing, MUAYTHAI
Muaythai is a combat sport that uses standing strikes as well as various melee techniques. It is known as “the art of the eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees and shins. Muaythai is often an art of attrition, where opponents exchange blows. Almost all muaythai techniques use full body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, punch, elbow, and block. The fighting ring and the gloves used are similar to those in boxing.
Hoover Metropolitan Complex – Softball
Softball, a variation of baseball, is a team sport. Each team has nine players and the game is played over seven rounds. Typically, the game moves at a faster pace than baseball.
John Carroll Catholic High School – Flying Disc
The flying disc has a discipline offered in the World Games: ultimate. Ultimate is a non-contact, self-referee team sport played with a flying disc (or Frisbee ™). Two teams of seven players face off on a playing field roughly the same length as a football field, but narrower. At each end of the playing field there is a goal zone. Each team defends an end zone.
Legion Ground – Flag Football
Flag football is a team sport like tackle football but with the use of flags to avoid contact. Competitors wear properly secured flag belts with sleeves and 2 pop flags on either side of their hips. The object of the game is to move the ball through the field by running it or passing it to score a touchdown when crossing the opponent’s goal line.
Oak Mountain State Park – Water Ski / Wakeboard, Canoe Marathon, ORIENTATION (Half distance)
Orienteering is a sport that combines racing and navigation. It is a timed race in which individual participants use a specially created and highly detailed map to select routes and navigate diverse and unfamiliar terrain to visit checkpoints in order. Courses can range from forests to urban environments.
Railroad Park – Duathlon, Orienteering course (Sprint Relay)
There are two disciplines of the duathlon: the standard relay and the mixed relay. The duathlon is a sporting event which consists of a running stage; a stage by bike; and a second final stage of running. Duathlons are held over sprint, standard, medium and long distances. The time starts at the start of the race and ends when an athlete crosses the finish line.
Sloss Furnaces – SPORTS CLIMBING, DanceSport (Breaking), Gymnastics (Parkour), Beach Handball
Sport climbing is a form of climbing that takes place on man-made structures. There are 3 sport climbing disciplines offered in the World Games: lead, speed and bouldering: Lead involves a climber who attaches to a length of climbing rope and ascends a route while periodically tying a rope. protection (quickdraws or traditional protection) on the face of the route and hang on to it. Speed is a climbing discipline in which speed is the ultimate goal. The bouldering is performed on man-made rock faces, called boulders, without the use of ropes or harnesses. Different grips are bolted to the wall to create “problems” (the sequence of movements a climber takes to complete the climb).
University of Alabama Birmingham – lacrosse, racquetball, squash, flying disc, tug of war, SPORTS BALLS
Pétanque is a sport in which athletes throw or roll heavy balls (boules) as close to a small target ball as possible. The object of the game is to place the balls as close as possible to a target (called a jack). The opponent tries to place his boules near this jack or to remove the boules which prevent him from doing so. The balls are thrown (palm down) and are made of metal. Two pétanque disciplines are offered at the World Games: Lyon and pétanque. In Lyon (progressive shooting), players run for five minutes and try to hit ball targets placed at different distances on either side of the playing field. In marksmanship, players try to place their boules more near the jack as the balls of his opponents. In petanque, players must throw from a circle with both feet firmly on the ground. In marksmanship, players must hit at random distances different targets in various situations. In classic, players try to place their boules closer to the jack than their opponents’ boules.