The Dubai-based World Federation of Future Sports (WFFS) will next year organise the first-ever World Future Sports Games, it has been announced.
The Games will take place from December 28-30, 2017 and have been given the go-ahead by Vice-President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, and Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed.
The event will be the first of its kind specifically dedicated to futuristic and technology-based sports. The Games will feature nine competitions: driverless car racing, robotic football, robotic running, manned drones racing, robotic swimming, robotic table tennis, robotic wrestling, drones races and cybathlon. Each competition will incorporate modern technologies and artificial intelligence.
The newly-formed WFFS will oversee the running of the event, which is envisioned to take place once every two years. Individuals, companies, academic institutions and research centres will be eligible to compete.
Sheikh Hamdan, who is also chairman of the Dubai Executive Council and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation (DMFF), said: “Today we start a new phase in our march to the future through the launch of these unique initiatives that are built on the success of our global platforms, the UAE Drones for Good Award and UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good.
“Dubai will activate future sports as a catalyst to drive innovation and research and development around the world.”
The WFFS, a DMFF initiative, plans on growing the future sports sector in the coming years by working with specialised international federations to create a series of competitions across the world.