Birmingham, USA 2022
The 11th edition of The World Games will take place in Birmingham, Alabama (USA) from 7 to 17 July 2022, one year after the initial dates approved by the IWGA back in 2015. Following the decision made by the IOC to move the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo to 2021 due to the Coronavirus crisis, the IWGA decided to delay The World Games for one year in order that some vital elements for the event, such as the presence of the best athletes, the services provided by key partners and the availability of venues and accommodation centres, are ensured.
The decision on the host city for the 11th edition of this multi-sport event was subject to successful negotiation of contractual conditions, and subsequent confirmation by the IWGA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in April 2015. The agreement was signed right after the AGM. The 10th edition of The World Games was staged in 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. The IWGA flag was handed over to the representatives of Birmingham during the closing ceremony in Wroclaw in July 2017.
Giving reasons for the decision in favour of Birmingham, Alabama, President José Perurena referred to the excellent bid presented by the city. "We are happy to showcase our sports in Birmingham in July 2022, and we are sure that we will be offered optimal conditions for our sportsmen and women there,” José Perurena stated. Scott Meyers, Head of the Birmingham delegation, said: “Being selected is an opportunity to represent Alabama and the USA. We are very excited. Our goal? This is simple, we want to host the best World Games ever. We are aiming to provide for the athletes the best atmosphere for their best performance.”
“Birmingham offers all prerequisites to stage an event like The World Games,” the IWGA President added. This refers not only to the required sporting venues and infrastructure. The city also meets expectations in terms of organising skills and the support of the city administration and the National Olympic Committee.
So, after Santa Clara 1981, the inaugural edition, The World Games will return to the USA. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama. More than 3.4 million people live within 100 miles. It will be the first time that the city hosts an international multi-sport event.