The World Games archive has moved to a new house. From now on, IWGA stakeholders can access videos and pictures covering the 40 years of the Games through the Olympic Channel digital archive. The IWGA archive features approximately 1,700 videos and 10,500 pictures including assets from all ten Games editions including the first edition of The World Games in Santa Clara, California in 1981 to the most recent event in Wroclaw, Poland in 2017.
The IWGA archive is open to the 37 IWGA member federations, the host cities of TWG in Birmingham, Alabama, USA and Chengdu in the People's Republic of China, and other interested partners. Users can access the new platform by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon registration, IWGA partners will be able to download assets from the archive to promote The World Games at no charge.
The new IWGA archive platform follows more than six months of collaboration with the Olympic Channel in Madrid, Spain and it will continue to evolve as more assets become available.
"In the near future, we want to add to the IWGA archive as many more photos and recordings from the history of The World Games as possible. There are still numerous treasures that we have not yet unearthed," said IWGA CEO Joachim Gossow.
Joachim Gossow sees the cooperation with the Olympic Channel digital archive as an extension of the on-going collaboration with the Olympic Channel and also between the IWGA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as noted in Article 6 of the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020.
"In the Memorandum of Understanding of 2016 between IWGA and the IOC promised each other mutual support. Once again, it is evident that this commitment is being fulfilled," added the IWGA CEO.
The IWGA also continues to enjoy a positive collaboration with the Olympic Channel which began in 2017 with live coverage of the tenth edition of The World Games from Wroclaw. Distribution on the Olympic Channel ensured global coverage for the multi-sport event for the first time resulting in an unprecedented digital reach.
- IWGA celebrates its 40th birthday this year. The new IWGA archive platform as part of the Olympic Channel digital archive allows direct access to our history. It is a gift that we have made to our members and our partners,” Joachim Gossow concluded.
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, 7-17 July 2022. 3,600 athletes from over 30 sports and 100 countries will take part in The World Games.