First time in Asia
The 6th edition of The World Games took place from 16 to 26 August 2001 in the port city of Akita in north-western Japan. 27 sports (22 in the official programme plus five invitational sports) thrilled the city of about 310,000 inhabitants during the ten days of competition. After the première in the USA and four editions in Europe, The World Games were held in Asia for the first time.
A total of 127,000 spectators attended the events. 1,968 athletes competed in the 138 medal events in the official programme, their goal being the gold medals of The World Games. A total of 13 titles were awarded in the 5 invitational sports. Competitors from 80 nations took part in TWG 2001. The most successful nation within the official programme was Russia with 24 gold medals, 15 silver and 5 bronze, followed in the medal tally by the USA with 14/8/8 and Germany with 10/10/12 medals. The host country was ranked seventh with 9/6/10 medals.