2017 World Games

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Host city Poland Wrocław, Poland
Nations participating 102
Athletes participating 3,214
Events 199 + 20 (219)
Opening ceremony 20 July
Closing ceremony 30 July
Officially opened by Thomas Bach
Main venue Stadion Miejski
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Sport climbing during World Games in Wrocław.

The 2017 World Games, officially called the X World Games and commonly known as Wrocław 2017, was a major international multi-sport event, meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that were not contested in the Olympic Games, held from 20 to 30 July 2017 in Wrocław, Poland. The World Games were organized by the Wrocław Organizing Committee. Wrocław was selected as the host city in January 2012 in Lausanne, over Budapest, Hungary, it was the first World Games in Poland.

Wrocław was the sixth city in Europe after London (1985), Karlsruhe (1989), The Hague (1993), Lahti (1997) and Duisburg (2005) to host The World Games.

A total of 201 events in 27 official sport disciplines were held during the Games, this is the first time that floorball, women's lacrosse, and Muay Thai have been included in the World Games as official sports. Also, a total of 21 events in 4 invitational sports, American football, indoor rowing, kickboxing, and motorcycle speedway were held during the Games.

Host selection[edit]

Location of Wrocław, the host city.

Four cities expressed interest in hosting the 2017 Games, after examination of the files, the application of Genoa, Italy was not brought to the next step. The candidate cities were announced by the IWGA in August 2011:[1]

Just a few days before the awarding ceremony, Cape Town withdrew its bid for financial reasons,[2] the final decision was announced by Ron Froehlich, President of the International World Games Association, on 12 January 2012 in Lausanne. The 10th edition of The World Games was awarded to Wrocław.[3]

Venues[edit]

West Cluster[edit]

Stadion Miejski, during UEFA Euro 2012

The West Cluster was the main clusters of the games, include the opening ceremony venue, Stadion Miejski, the venue of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

Central Cluster[edit]

National Forum of Music in Wrocław
  • National Forum of Music – closing ceremony, powerlifting, 1,800 spectators
  • Nowy Targ Square – orienteering, sport climbing
  • Sky Tower Housed – bowling
  • Hasta la Vista Sport Club – Squash

East Cluster[edit]

The interior of the Centennial Hall
  • Centennial Hall – acrobatic gymnastic, aerobic gymnastics, dancesport, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics, Tumbling, 10,000 spectators
  • Wroclaw Congress Center – billiards
  • Pergola Centennial Hall – archery, boules sports, orienteering, 10,000 spectators
  • Olympic Stadium – American football, motorcycle speedway, 35,000 spectators
  • University of Physical Education – tug of war
  • Marsowe Fields – tug of war
  • P5 Complex – beach handball, flying disc
  • WKK Sport Center – floorball, korfball
  • Sport Complex GEM – ju-jitsu, karate
  • Olawka Stadium – fistball, lacrosse

Outside Wrocław[edit]

  • Szymanów Airport, Szymanów – air sports
  • Trzebnica Beech Forest, Trzebnica – orienteering
  • Świdnica Icerink, Świdnica – artistic roller skating, inline hockey
  • Laskowice Sport Complex, Jelcz-Laskowice – indoor rowing

The games[edit]

Opening ceremony[edit]

The opening ceremony took place in the Stadion Miejski on 20 July 2017. Artistic conception of the opening Ceremony is made by polish director and TV producer, Krzysztof Materna, he is responsible for direction of show, details of scenario, artists, choreographer, compositors, sound system specialists and all special effects of ceremony.[4]

The ceremony highlighted aspects of Polish culture, and featured the popular singer, Dawid Kwiatkowski, and Radzimir Dębski, Kamil Bednarek, Steve Nash alongside the Turntable Orchestra, the Games were officially opened by President of International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.[5]

Sports[edit]

The 2017 World Games programme featured 27 official sports, and 4 invitational sports encompassing 219 events, this is the first time that floorball, women's lacrosse, and Muay Thai have been included in the World Games as official sports, and the first time indoor rowing, kickboxing and motorcycle speedway have been included as invitational sports. The numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sports discipline.

Notes
AD: Artistic and Dance sports
B: Ball sports
I: Invitational sports, selected by the host city
M: Martial arts
P: Precision sports
S: Strength sports
T: Trend sports

Participating nations[edit]

Participating National Olympic Committees

Closing ceremony[edit]

The closing ceremony was held on 30 July 2017 at Wolności Square near the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

Medals[edit]

Wrocław's medal design was unveiled in July 2017, the official sports medals were a diameter of eight centimetres, larger than the invitation sports medals which were a diameter of six centimetres. The face of the medals features The World Games logo, while the reverse displays original work by Professor Mateusz Dworski; in the centre of the medal is a globe containing the image of the Wrocław City Hall building. The medals were designed by Dworski, a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, and were produced by the Polish National Mint.[7]

Medal table[edit]

This is the table of the medal count of the 2017 World Games, based on the medal count of the International World Games Committee (IWGA), these rankings sort by the number of gold medals, earned by a National Olympic Committee (NOC). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If, after the above, countries are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically by IWGA Country Code, although this information is provided by the IWGA, the IWGA itself does not recognize or endorse any ranking system.

Official sports[edit]

Key

  *   Host nation (Poland)

The final medal table:

2017 World Games medal table
Rank NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Russia 28 21 14 63
2  Germany 18 10 14 42
3  Italy 16 13 13 42
4  France 14 14 15 43
5  Ukraine 10 7 8 25
6  Colombia 9 10 2 21
7  Japan 9 6 7 22
8  China 8 7 5 20
9  Belgium 7 9 8 24
10  United States 6 11 5 22
11  Hungary 6 4 4 14
12  Denmark 6 0 0 6
13  Poland 5 6 9 20
14  Belarus 4 2 5 11
 Sweden 4 2 5 11
16  Brazil 4 2 2 8
17  Switzerland 3 8 3 14
18  South Korea 3 6 3 12
19  Australia 3 5 6 14
20  Thailand 3 5 2 9
21  Spain 3 4 7 14
22  Great Britain 3 4 4 11
23  Argentina 3 1 2 6
24  Iran 2 8 1 11
25  Netherlands 2 2 2 6
26  Czech Republic 2 1 4 7
27  Austria 2 1 2 5
28  Chinese Taipei 1 4 3 8
29  Canada 1 3 2 6
30  Mexico 1 1 3 5
31  Chile 1 1 2 4
32  Mongolia 1 1 1 3
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 1 3
34  Azerbaijan 1 1 0 2
35  Turkey 1 0 3 4
36  Kazakhstan 1 0 2 3
37  Morocco 1 0 1 2
 Peru 1 0 1 2
39  Algeria 1 0 0 1
 Moldova 1 0 0 1
 Philippines 1 0 0 1
 Serbia 1 0 0 1
 Vietnam 1 0 0 1
44  Slovenia 0 4 2 6
45  Venezuela 0 3 3 6
46  Croatia 0 2 1 3
 Egypt 0 2 1 3
48  Israel 0 1 5 6
49  Finland 0 1 2 3
50  Hong Kong 0 1 1 2
 Romania 0 1 1 2
52  Greece 0 1 0 1
 Jordan 0 1 0 1
 San Marino 0 1 0 1
55  Portugal 0 0 3 3
56  New Zealand 0 0 2 2
57  Dominican Republic 0 0 1 1
 Lithuania 0 0 1 1
 Malaysia 0 0 1 1
 Montenegro 0 0 1 1
 Qatar 0 0 1 1
 South Africa 0 0 1 1
 Slovakia 0 0 1 1
Total (63 NOCs) 199 199 199 597

Invitation sports[edit]

After 20 of 20 events

2017 World Games invitation medal table
Rank NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Ukraine 5 0 2 7
2  Poland 4 4 2 10
3  Serbia 2 2 0 4
4  Russia 2 0 1 3
5  France 2 0 0 2
6  Austria 1 1 1 3
7  Germany 1 1 0 2
8  Brazil 1 0 0 1
 Czech Republic 1 0 0 1
 Netherlands 1 0 0 1
11  Bulgaria 0 2 0 2
 Great Britain 0 2 0 2
 Turkey 0 2 0 2
14  Sweden 0 1 2 3
15  Slovakia 0 1 1 2
16  Australia 0 1 0 1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 1 0 1
 Canada 0 1 0 1
 Mexico 0 1 0 1
20  Thailand 0 0 2 2
 United States 0 0 2 2
22  Belarus 0 0 1 1
 China 0 0 1 1
 Croatia 0 0 1 1
 Iran 0 0 1 1
 Israel 0 0 1 1
 Morocco 0 0 1 1
 Moldova 0 0 1 1
Total (28 NOCs) 20 20 20 60

Calendar[edit]

OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Gold medal events CC Closing ceremony
July 20
Thu
21
Fri
22
Sat
23
Sun
24
Mon
25
Tue
26
Wed
27
Thu
28
Fri
29
Sat
30
Sun
Gold medal events
Ceremonies OC CC N/A
Gymnastics (acrobatic) pictogram.svg Acrobatic gymnastics 2 1 2 5
Gymnastics (aerobic) pictogram.svg Aerobic gymnastics 2 3 5
Paragliding pictogram.svg Air sports 1 2 3
American football pictogram.svg American football1 1 1
Archery pictogram.svg Archery 2 2 3 7
Artistic roller skating pictogram.svg Artistic roller skating 4 4
Beach handball pictogram.svg Beach handball 2 2
Billiards pictogram.svg Billiard sports 1 3 4
Boules sports pictogram.svg Boules sports 12 12
Bowling pictogram.svg Bowling 1 1 1 1 4
Canoe polo pictogram.svg Canoe polo 2 2
Dancesport pictogram.svg Dancesport 2 2 4
Finswimming pictogram.svg Finswimming 7 7 14
Fistball pictogram.svg Fistball 1 1
Floorball pictogram.svg Floorball 1 1
Ultimate pictogram.svg Flying disc 1 1
Indoor rowing pictogram.svg Indoor rowing1 4 2 6
Judo pictogram.svg Ju-Jitsu 12 10 22
Karate pictogram.svg Karate 6 6 12
Kickboxing pictogram.svg Kickboxing1 12 12
Korfball pictogram.svg Korfball 1 1
Lacrosse pictogram.svg Lacrosse 1 1
Lifesaving pictogram.svg Lifesaving 8 8 16
Muay Thai pictogram.svg Muay Thai 11 11
Orienteering pictogram.svg Orienteering 2 2 1 5
Weightlifting pictogram.svg Powerlifting 3 3 2 8
Gymnastics (rhythmic) pictogram.svg Rhythmic gymnastics 2 2 4
Inline speed skating pictogram.svg Road speed skating 4 4 8
Roller hockey pictogram.svg Roller hockey 1 1
Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Speedway1 1 1
Climbing pictogram.svg Sport climbing 2 2 2 6
Squash pictogram.svg Squash 2 2
Sumo pictogram.svg Sumo 4 2 6
Inline speed skating pictogram.svg Track speed skating 2 4 4 10
Gymnastics (trampoline) pictogram.svg Trampoline gymnastics 1 2 3 6
Tug of war pictogram.svg Tug of war 2 1 3
Water skiing pictogram.svg Waterskiing 3 3 6
Total gold medal events 24 34 16 22 23 22 19 18 19 22 219
Cumulative total 24 58 74 96 119 141 160 178 197 219
July 20
Thu
21
Fri
22
Sat
23
Sun
24
Mon
25
Tue
26
Wed
27
Thu
28
Fri
29
Sat
30
Sun
Gold medal events
Note

1 Invitational sports selected by the host organizing committee

Broadcasting[edit]

Olympic Channel [8]

Marketing[edit]

Mascots[edit]

The official mascots of the 2017 World Games are a boy and a girl named 'Hansel and Gretel', named after the popular fairy tale and townhouses in Wroclaw, the duo were selected from a nationwide voting in February 2015, and were chosen in November 2015. They symbolise Wroclaw as a place of positive meetings.

Sponsors[edit]

Sponsors of the 2017 World Games
Sponsors
Supporters

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Cali
World Games
Wrocław

X World Games (2017)
Succeeded by
Birmingham