Chengdu set to add World Games to Universiade win

Chengdu is poised to land its latest major event win after the International World Games Association (IWGA) praised its vision for the 2025 edition of its multi-sport showpiece.

The Chinese city is currently the only bidder for the event, which was last held in Wroclaw, Poland in 2017 and will head to the US city of Birmingham, Alabama in 2021. The IWGA held an inspection visit in Chengdu last week, highlighting that the bid enjoys the strong support of the Chinese Olympic Committee.

IWGA vice-president Max Bishop said: “Chengdu’s environmental protection concept can perfectly match IWGA’s philosophy. Meanwhile, the bidding team of Chengdu has been well prepared, and the high-quality bidding document is really good. After the inspection, we believe that Chengdu is capable of successfully hosting the World Games.”

IWGA chief executive Joachim Gossow added: “Chengdu is an international metropolis, and hosting the World Games will bring more international elements here. Chengdu’s hardware and software conditions are already very good, and the next thing in the planning work is to create a great atmosphere for the event.”

On May 9, the IWGA will hold its annual general meeting in Gold Coast, Australia. After receiving the reports from Bishop and Gossow, the Executive Board will evaluate the Chengdu bid and give their recommendations to the meeting, which has to ratify the decision.

Earlier this month, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) confirmed that Chengdu will host its 2021 summer Universiade. The FISU Executive Committee stated its conviction that Chengdu is well set to host a major multi-sport event, particularly from a sports infrastructure front.

Among the 41 sports venues proposed for the summer Universiade, FISU said 30 venues already are at an international standard. FISU added that the 11 venues set for renovation will benefit from a “well-thought out plan” to bring long-term benefits to Southwest China.