The US city of Birmingham, Alabama has won the race to host the 2021 edition of the World Games multi-sport event.
The International World Games Association (IWGA) announced the decision today (Thursday) after its Executive Committee had assessed bids from Birmingham, Peruvian capital Lima and Ufa in Russia.
Birmingham’s status as host for the 11th World Games is subject to the successful negotiation of contractual conditions and official confirmation at the IWGA’s Annual General Meeting in April.
IWGA president Jose Perurena said: “We are happy to showcase our sports in Birmingham in July 2021, and we are sure that we will be offered optimal conditions for our sportsmen and women there. All the bids we received were of very high quality, and it was not easy for us to reach a decision. We have to deliver nothing less than outstanding World Games. We are convinced that Birmingham will exceed these expectations.”
Wroclaw, Poland will stage the 2017 World Games, following on from the 2013 edition in Cali, Colombia. Birmingham will be the first US destination to host the World Games since the inaugural event took place in Santa Clara in 1981.
The World Games – under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – are a quadrennial and multidisciplinary sports event, which showcase over 25 sports, such as gymnastics, squash, tug of war, sumo and roller sports.