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11th World Games Moved To July 2022

By Scott N. Atkinson | April 02, 2020, 3:03 p.m. (ET)

The International World Games Association (IWGA) and Birmingham Organizing Committee (BOC) have agreed to postpone the 11th edition of The World Games until July 7-17, 2022. The Games had originally been planned to take place from July 15-25, 2021.

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to move the Tokyo Olympic Games to July 2021 made a significant impact on the planning of The World Games in Birmingham, Alabama. Keeping to the original dates in July 2021 would have meant excluding many athletes and officials involved in the Olympics, and would have led to a potential reduction in public and media interest. When the IOC announced its decision, the BOC urgently set about assessing what alternative dates might be viable, particularly as regards venues and accommodation. It soon became clear that only one 10-day period existed in which venues, accommodation and key partner support could be guaranteed: July 7-17, 2022. The IWGA Member Federations with sports on the program gave their full support to delaying The World Games, and the joint decision of the IWGA and BOC Boards to adopt these new dates was unanimously approved by the federations, including the IWWF, in a video conference. 

“The date of the event has changed, but Birmingham’s commitment to a world-class event has not wavered,” Mayor of Birmingham Randall L. Woodfin said. “I want to thank the IWGA and The World Games 2021 Birmingham for their work in making a timely decision. As the City of Birmingham addresses the current pandemic, be assured that we remain focused on the city’s future and making this the best edition of The World Games ever.”

“We would like to thank the International World Games Association (IWGA) and Birmingham Organizing Committee (BOC) for taking this decision, we understand is a complicated situation with a milliard of moving parts and unforeseen costs. The IWWF needs to reschedule most of its major and world titled events scheduled in 2020 to 2021. IWGA’s decision to reschedule the World Games grants us valuable breathing space and our athletes more time to prepare for the Games,” said IWWF President Jose Antonio Perez Priego.