Every four years, in the year following the Olympic Games, the International World Games Association (IWGA) hosts the World Games, a multidisciplinary sporting event. The World Games offer an international stage for sports not included in the Olympic program and strive to promote the sports and athletes themselves worldwide while celebrating friendship and unity across all boundaries. This year’s World Games will be held in Cali, Colombia from July 25 – August 4.
The first World Games in 1981 represented 16 International Sports Federation and hosted 18 sports. Flying Disc was first added to the World Games program in 2001.
2013 marks the ninth World Games and will host 38 sports, including 5 invitational sports, representing 29 International Sports Federations. Colombia is the first Latin American nation to host the World Games.
Cali is the main sports center of Colombia. The city hosted the 1971 Pan American Games and numerous other national and international sporting competitions and will be home to the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships and 2015 World Youth Championships in Athletics, in addition to the 2013 World Games.
Prior Host Cities for the World Games
2009 – Kaohshing, Taiwan
2005 – Duisburg, Germany
2001 – Akita, Japan