2022 World Games

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The World Games 2022
The World Games 2022 Birmingham - Official Logo.svg
Host cityBirmingham, Alabama, United States
Nations participating110
Athletes participating3,600
Events223
Opening ceremonyJuly 7, 2022
Closing ceremonyJuly 17, 2022
Officially opened byRandall Woodfin
Mayor of Birmingham
Main venueProtective Stadium
Websitetwg2022.com

The 2022 World Games was the 11th World Games, an international multi-sport event, meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that were not contested in the Olympic Games. While originally scheduled for July 2021, The World Games 2022 was held on July 7 to 17, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States, due to the rescheduling of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.[1] The host city was chosen by the International World Games Association on January 22, 2015,[2] and the Games featured 30 official sports in 54 disciplines which were contested at 30 venues across the Birmingham area.[3]

Part of the ticket revenue was donated to Ukraine for rebuilding sports venues after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[4] A sum of $54,000 was donated to Ukraine.[5]

Bidding process

The cities that bid for the 2022 Games were:

Barcelona and Santiago also considered bids. Cities paid a $125,000 application fee, and submitted information about "venues, infrastructure, volunteers, budget, transportation[,] and other elements".[6]

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham's bid, publicly announced in June 2014, was presented by Edgar Welden, Scott Myers, and David Benck. It was the only American city authorized to make a bid for these games. Myers, the executive director of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, said the bid was "a dream, but it's not a pipe dream. It's attainable."[6] At the time, organizers projected a budget of $75 million, and the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau anticipated a windfall of between $224.4 million and $288.6 million in out-of-town dollars.[6]

The final decision was announced on January 22, 2015, in Lausanne, awarding The World Games 2022 to Birmingham.[7][8]

Venues

Venues for The World Games 2022 include:[9][10][11][12][13]

  • Bill Harris Arena: artistic skating, inline hockey
  • Natatorium: canoe polo, finswimming, lifesaving
  • Indoor Track: wheelchair rugby
  • Concert Hall: powerlifting
  • East Exhibition Hall: floorball, korfball
  • Legacy Arena: dancesport (Latin, rock n roll, standard), gymnastics (acrobatic, aerobic, rhythmic, trampoline and tumbling)
  • North Exhibition Hall: bowling
  • Sheraton Hotel Ballroom: billiards sports
  • Bill Battle Coliseum: ju-jitsu, karate, wushu
  • BSC Panther Soccer Field: fistball
  • campus: orienteering (sprint)
  • Double Oak Lake: canoe marathon, water skiing and wakeboard
  • nature: orienteering (middle distance)
  • PNC Field: lacrosse
  • University Recreation Center: racquetball, squash
  • track and field complex: tug of war

The Games

Sports

The 2022 World Games programme featured 30 official sports including 54 disciplines encompassing 206 events.[14] This was the first time that drone racing, canoe marathon, breaking, women's fistball, kickboxing, and parkour were included in the World Games as official sports. Softball and racquetball returned to the official World Games programme. Invitational sports comprising 17 events included duathlon,[15] flag football,[16] wheelchair rugby,[17] wushu (taolu)[18] and men's lacrosse.[19] Both men's and women's field lacrosse were played in a six-a-side format.[20] 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

On 19 February 2021, the International Olympic Committee announced that certain Russian athletes would be allowed to compete under the designation "ROC" (for Russian Olympic Committee) at the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Winter Games. This penalty also applies through end of 2022 and would have been applied to events affiliated with the International Olympic Committee, such as The World Games.

Following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, athletes from Russia along with Belarus were barred from the 2022 World Games.[21] Russia originally qualified 62 athletes while Belarus was set to send 11 athletes.[22]

Athletes from 110 National Olympic Committees were scheduled to participate.[23] In total, athletes from 99 delegations competed at the 2022 World Games. The only representative team in the 2022 World Games not represented by a National Olympic Committee were the Haudenosaunee teams competing in lacrosse.[24]

Participating Nations

Calendar

Source[25]

OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Gold medal events CC Closing ceremony
July 7
Thu
8
Fri
9
Sat
10
Sun
11
Mon
12
Tue
13
Wed
14
Thu
15
Fri
16
Sat
17
Sun
Events
Ceremonies OC CC
Gymnastics (acrobatic) pictogram.svg Acrobatic gymnastics 2 2 1 5
Gymnastics (aerobic) pictogram.svg Aerobic gymnastics 2 2 4
Paragliding pictogram.svg Air sports 1 1 2
Archery pictogram.svg Archery 3 2 2 7
Artistic roller skating pictogram.svg Artistic roller skating 3 3
Beach handball pictogram.svg Beach handball 2 2
Billiards pictogram.svg Billiards sports 2 2 4
Boules sports pictogram.svg Boules sports 2 2 4
Bowling pictogram.svg Bowling 4 4
Paracanoe pictogram (Paralympics).svg Canoe marathon 2 2 4
Canoe polo pictogram.svg Canoe polo 2 2
DanceSport pictogram.svg Dancesport 1 2 2 5
Finswimming pictogram.svg Finswimming 8 8 16
Fistball pictogram.svg Fistball 2 2
Floorball pictogram.svg Floorball 1 1
Flying disc pictogram.svg Flying disc 1 1
Inline hockey pictogram.svg Inline hockey 1 1
Judo pictogram.svg Ju-jitsu 9 9 18
Karate pictogram.svg Karate 6 6 12
Kickboxing pictogram.svg Kickboxing (K-1) 6 6
Korfball pictogram.svg Korfball 1 1
Lacrosse pictogram.svg Lacrosse (women) 1 1
Lifesaving pictogram.svg Lifesaving 8 8 16
Muay Thai pictogram.svg Muay Thai 12 12
Orienteering pictogram.svg Orienteering 2 2 1 5
Parkour pictogram.svg Parkour gymnastics 2 2 4
Powerlifting (three lifts) pictogram.svg Powerlifting 3 3 2 8
Racquets pictogram.svg Racquetball 2 2
Gymnastics (rhythmic) pictogram.svg Rhythmic gymnastics 2 2 4
Inline speed skating pictogram.svg Road speed skating 4 4 8
Softball pictogram.svg Softball 1 1
Sport climbing pictogram.svg Sport climbing 2 2 2 6
Squash pictogram.svg Squash 2 2
Sumo pictogram.svg Sumo 6 2 8
Inline speed skating pictogram.svg Track speed skating 6 4 10
Gymnastics (trampoline) pictogram.svg Trampoline gymnastics 1 1 2 4
Tug of war pictogram.svg Tug of war 1 1 1 3
Water skiing pictogram.svg Water skiing 4 4 8
Daily medal events 24 32 21 20 13 9 11 25 25 26 206
Cumulative total 24 56 77 97 110 119 130 155 180 206
Duathlon pictogram.svg Duathlon1 2 1 3
Flag Football pictogram.svg Flag football1 2 2
Lacrosse pictogram.svg Lacrosse (men)1 1 1
Wheelchair rugby pictogram (Paralympics).svg Wheelchair rugby1 1 1
Wushu pictogram.svg Wushu (taolu)1 5 5 10
Daily medal events 0 0 0 6 5 2 0 2 2 17
Cumulative total 0 0 0 6 11 13 13 15 17
July 7
Thu
8
Fri
9
Sat
10
Sun
11
Mon
12
Tue
13
Wed
14
Thu
15
Fri
16
Sat
17
Sun
Events
Note

1 Invitational sports selected by the host organizing committee

Medal table

  *   Host nation (United States)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Germany2471647
2 United States*16181044
3 Ukraine16121745
4 Italy13241249
5 France11151642
6 Hungary117927
7 Belgium114520
8 Japan10111233
9 Colombia910625
10 China94114
11 Israel73414
12 Spain66719
13 Great Britain63413
14 Canada55515
15 Switzerland54312
16 Mexico52512
17 Denmark43310
18 Thailand4329
19 Sweden36514
20 Poland35715
21 Netherlands33410
22 Egypt3216
23 Australia3126
24 Croatia2507
25 Indonesia2305
26 Norway2215
 Serbia2215
28 Brazil2158
 United Arab Emirates2158
30 Austria2114
31 Cambodia2002
 Vietnam2002
33 Chinese Taipei16613
34 Greece1348
 South Korea1348
36 Portugal1315
37 Kazakhstan1214
38 Slovenia1135
39 Slovakia1124
40 Bulgaria1113
 New Zealand1113
42 Brunei1102
43 Hong Kong1045
44 Ecuador1034
45 Azerbaijan1012
 Lithuania1012
47 Algeria1001
 Costa Rica1001
 Moldova1001
 Philippines1001
 South Africa1001
52 Morocco0404
53 Czech Republic0336
54 Virgin Islands0314
55 Chile0213
 Venezuela0213
57 Argentina0123
 Romania0123
 Singapore0123
60 Finland0112
 Kyrgyzstan0112
 Uzbekistan0112
63 Bahrain0101
 Bosnia and Herzegovina0101
 Guatemala0101
 Mongolia0101
 Peru0101
 Qatar0101
69 Malaysia0022
70 Bolivia0011
 India0011
 Panama0011
 Tunisia0011
Totals (73 nations)224221222667

In the Women's 4 × 50 m obstacle relay of the lifesaving competition, two gold medals were awarded and thus no silver medal was awarded.[26] In the Women's 500 m sprint of the track speed skating competition, only the one gold medal was awarded as the remaining competitors in the final were disqualified.[27]

Medal design

The event's medal design was unveiled in February 2022.[28]

Community Engagement

The World Games 2022 Experience Delivered by Shipt

In March 2019, The World Games 2022 unveiled a mobile experience, designed to generate excitement for the event and educate the local community on the sports of The 2022 Games.[29] The traveling Mercedes Sprinter Van includes a rock climbing wall, a sumo wrestling activity, photo opportunities and an interactive trivia game where guests can win prizes. The van made its official debut at the 15th Annual MortgageBanc Chili Cook-Off on March 2, 2019. It continues to tour throughout 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

World of Opportunity

In June 2019, The World Games 2022 announced the kickoff of their supplier diversity program, World of Opportunity.[30] The program, which was unveiled to an audience of 400 at the Birmingham Crossplex, allows certified, diverse businesses to compete for contracts to provide goods and services for The World Games 2022. The categories accepted include (but are not limited to) transportation services, event production, security, promotional items, merchandise, sports equipment, food service, technology, printing, medical supplies, event equipment, waste removal and construction services.

Broadcasting

In July 2021, it was announced that CBS Sports Network will broadcast one-hour highlights shows on each of the ten days of competition, and two additional one-hour specials will be shown on other CBS channels and on Paramount+.[31]

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