Chengdu confirmed as host for 2025 World Games

The Chinese city of Chengdu has been officially announced as the host of the 2025 World Games.

The capital of China’s Sichuan province was the sole bidder for the event, with the confirmation essentially a formality. The hosting rights have been officially awarded at the International World Games Association’s general assembly, held today (Thursday) at the SportAccord Convention in Gold Coast, Australia.

2025 will be the 12th edition of the multi-sport event, and will follow the 2021 event in Birmingham, Alabama. The sports programme for 2025 is not expected to be confirmed until after those Games. 

“By signing a contract with one of the most forward-looking and dynamic cities in China, we have signalled our arrival as a major power in international sport,” said José Perurena López, IWGA president. “Following our 2021 event in another great country, the United States, we are excited now to start work with our Chinese partners on plans for 2025.”

With the city also set to stage the 2021 Summer Universiade, Peurena added that he had held discussions with the International University Sports Federation (Fisu) over how the two organisations could collaborate and share knowledge on hosting events in Chengdu.

Chengdu is a growing sports destination. In 2017 it held the first-ever Urban Cycling World Championships, and in 2022 will stage the ITTF World Championships. It is also home to Chinese football team Sichuan Jiuniu, recently purchased by Manchester City owner City Football Group.