Duisburg, GER 2005

Duisburg MSV ArenaWith the successful games in Karlsruhe (1989) in mind, expectations were high when Duisburg won the bid to host the World Games 2005, together with its neighbouring cities Mulheim, Bottrop and Oberhausen. Duisburg lived up to these high expectations. The grand Opening Ceremony in the renewed MSV Arena in Duisburg with an attendance of more than 30.000 persons set the pace for the successful event.

The organization and management of the event impressed the participants and the competition performance of the athletes was certainly positively affected by the quality of the sport venues. Duisburg continued a tradition which started in Akita 2001: the World Games Plaza - the meeting place for athletes and citizens. Duisburg also introduced a new and good element of the World Games i.e. central catering. The athletes came together for their meals in a huge pavilion tent which again created the multi-sport feeling that the athletes had had in the dining hall at the campus of Santa Clara during the first World Games.

The public interest in the World Games in Duisburg was great; more than 500.000 people attended the various competitions and for several competitions additional entry tickets had to be printed. Also, the press provided good coverage of the World Games 2005 in newspapers, radio and television. The TV signal was produced by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk WDR and was well broadcast on European TV stations as well as on various channels outside Europe.

In their publicity campaign the Duisburg Organizing Committee had used the slogan Germany can do it. Duisburg shows it! , a slogan that the participants certainly agreed with.

The World Games 2005 were successful in every respect and the organizers had set the standard for future events.

Regattabahn Duisburg

 

The City

The Inner Harbour DuisburgDuisburg is a city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. With one of the world's biggest inland harbours and good railway, road and air transport (Düsseldorf Airport), Duisburg is currently one of the biggest logistic centres in Germany. The oldest places of the city dates back to the first century. The city was located along an important medieval trade route at a crossing on the River Rhine. Due to the town's favourable geographical position, Duisburg became a member of the Hanseatic League.

 

Economy

Old industries used for culture and recreationThe industrial revolution in the 18th century made Duisburg an industrial centre. Big industrial companies such as iron and steel producing firms (Thyssen and Krupp) influenced the development of the city. Simultaneously with the closure of the coalmines, the “heavy” industry in the Ruhr area ceased to exist. From productive industry, Duisburg had to change its major economic element to transport and it is currently a major logistic centre in Germany. However, the König Brewery which was founded in 1858 still exists and produces the König “Pilsener”. It was also one of the major sponsors of the World Games 2005.

 

Sport

Mercator Hall (City Palace)Sport is a vital element in Duisburg society. There are many kinds of sports clubs in the city. The most important sport in Duisburg, as in many German cities, is football (soccer). The city’s major football club is MSV Duisburg. The renewed MSV Arena was used for the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the World Games 2005 in Duisburg. In 1987 the city had organized another major international multi-sport event, the Universiade, the main event for university athletes. The Regattabahn in the Wedau sport area is a venue for many international rowing and canoeing competitions.

   

 

The Visuals

Event logo DuisburgThe elegant event logo of the Duisburg World Games resembles the curves in the river Rhine near Duisburg. The flowing curves of river are supplemented with the World Games logo and the colours of the national flag.

The organizing committee of Duisburg invited von Mannstein, a marketing and design company, to create an all-embracing concept for the publicity campaign. The two main elements of the design were the overlaying winding colour shapes and the name “faszinationen”, a clever contraction of the German names for ‘fascinate’ and ‘nations’. Duisburg used the graphic design in the overall campaign which also included the slogan “Germany can do it, Duisburg shows it”.

The mascot of Duisburg was given the name Allwin, like the German boy’s name Alwin, but through the slight change in spelling it was also the slogan for the games, indicating that “all win” in this event.  The design of the event logo, as well as the colour design of Professor Coordt von Mannstein is used in the mascot of Duisburg. The efforts of the von Mannstein company are clearly visible in all publications of the Duisburg Organizing Committee. The various visual identifications used at the Duisburg event were very well received by the media and the public.

 

Programme Sports

Sport

Discipline

Air Sports

Parachuting

Archery

Field (3)

Billiards

Billiards

Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding

Boules Sports

Lyonnaise

Petanque

Bowling

Ten Pin

Nine Pin (7)

Canoe Polo

Canoe Polo (3)

Casting

Casting

Dance Sport

Dance Sport

Finswimming

Finswimming

Fistball

Fistball

Flying Disc

Ultimate

Gymnastics

Rhythmic (3)

Acrobatic (3)

Aerobic (3)

Trampoline (3)

Tumbling (3)

Ju-Jitsu

Duo

Fighting

Karate

Kata

Kumite

Korfball

Korfball

Lifesaving

Beach

Combined (7)

Pool

Orienteering

Orienteering

Powerlifting

Powerlifting

Roller Sports

Artistic

Hockey

Speed

Rugby

Seven-a-side

Sport Climbing

Sport Climbing

Squash

Squash

Sumo

Sumo

Tug of War

Indoor

Outdoor

Water Ski

Barefoot

Cable (7)

Tournament

Wakeboard

Invitational Sports

Sport

Discipline

Aikido

Aikido

Dragonboat Race

Dragonboat

Handball

Beach

Hockey

Indoor

Motorcycle

Indoor Trial

(1) Last participation on TWG programme,became Olympic IF; discipline to Olympic programme
(3) Part of Olympic IF; Discipline not on Olympic programme
(7) Member of IWGA; new discipline on TWG programme

Event numbers

27
Officials Sports
6
Invitational Sports
89
Countries
2464
Athletes
205'000
Spectators
624
Media

 

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