The qualifications for The World Games 2017 have ended, and we now have the final number of competitors. Altogether 3,251 athletes from 111 countries all around the world will gather in Wroclaw, Poland, on 20–30 July to compete in 31 different sports.
The largest number of athletes comes from the host country Poland, with 249 athletes or teams. France is the second-largest team with its 172 athletes/teams, ahead of Italy (152) in third place. Germany will send 145 athletes or teams to Wroclaw, and the biggest non-European country is the USA with 126 athletes/teams.
The athletes come from more countries than ever before, and the Games will be broadcast in more countries than ever before.
One of the first-time participants, Ju-Jitsu World Champion Louis Cloots from Belgium, is enthusiastic about the opportunity to compete at The World Games: “The World Games looks like the Olympic Games to me: a big and spectacular event. I am really excited about my selection for The World Games 2017, because I did not expect it yet – my goal was to be in the team for The World Games 2021. I will do my absolute best to succeed. I cannot wait to be there!”
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 10th edition of The World Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20–30 July 2017. More than 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and 111 countries will take part in the Games. Olympic Channel will broadcast The World Games on a 24/7 channel, and agreements to broadcast the Games have so far been made with several countries, including Germany and China.