The 2022 World Games bring more than 3,600 athletes – and thousands of visitors – to Birmingham, Alabama.
The 11th edition of the World Games will take place from July 7 to 17. The games were originally scheduled for 2021 but postponed to this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Athletes for the games represent more than 100 counties, including, for the first time, a team representing an Aboriginal ethnic group, an Iroquois team competing in lacrosse. The split between male and female athletes is about 50/50, organizers say.
Some of the sports in the world game are easily recognizable: canoeing, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, powerlifting and bowling. Other unique sports include air sports, lifesaving, water skiing, tug of war, casting, netball, and dancing.
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2022 World Games Events
There will be different competitions in some sports, i.e. artistic hockey, roller skating and speed skating in roller sports, but athletes will have the opportunity to win medals in the following areas:
- sports dance
- roller sports
- The Crosse
- racquet ball
- To crush
- Kick boxing
- Billiards Sports
- Boules sports
- tug of war
- Air sports
- flying disc
- Save lives
- roller sports
- Sport climbing
- Underwater sports
- Water skiing and wakeboarding
Changes for this year
In 2017, Kickboxing was an invitational sport; in 2022, this martial arts sport will be part of the official program for the first time. Softball (women), for the first time since 1985, is once again featured on the main stage; in 2009 and 2013, teams participated in the invitational sports program. The new disciplines are Drone Racing (Air Sports), Canoe Marathon (Canoe), Breaking (DanceSport), Parkour (Gymnastics), Men’s Lacrosse and Mixed competition in Tug of War. Flag Football is represented for the first time as an additional sport.
2022 World Games Events Calendar
Events will begin on Thursday evening with the opening ceremonies at Protection Stadium in Birmingham city centre. You can read more about the opening ceremonies here.
The 2022 World Games will conclude on Sunday, July 17 with ceremonies at Protection Stadium beginning at 8 p.m.