The International World Games Association (IWGA) has been following the development of the COVID-19 epidemic closely. We know that many IWGA member federations are having to cancel or postpone their events world-wide, or will have to do so in the near future. While the Corona virus should not directly affect the organisation of The World Games 2021, quite a number of qualification events may need to be cancelled or postponed.
“If federations need to move or cancel qualification events for The World Games 2021, we ask them to be in touch with our office straight away. We understand the scale of the crisis, and we will work in every way possible to help our federations that have to postpone their events, in preparing for The World Games 2021. At the moment, the main priority for us all is the safety of all the athletes, staff and other people involved,” says IWGA President José Perurena.
The Annual General Meeting of the IWGA was planned to be organised in conjunction with the SportAccord Convention on 23 April 2020. The SportAccord Convention in Lausanne, Switzerland has been cancelled and therefore also the Annual General Meeting.
The IWGA Headquarters is closed until further notice and staff are working from home, as are the staff of the Birmingham Organising Committee. All personnel are reachable via both e-mail and phone.
The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 15-25 July 2021. 3,600 athletes from over 30 sports and 100 countries will take part in the Games.