Chinese Olympic Committee becomes third NOC to sign MoU with IWGA

Chinese Olympic Committee becomes third NOC to sign MoU with IWGA

In a historic step towards reinforcing ties between China and The World Games, the International World Games Association (IWGA) and the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) have officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 12 March 2024.

This agreement reached almost 500 days ahead of the 12th edition of The World Games, to be held in Chengdu (CHN) from 7-17 August 2025, is the pinnacle outlining the excellent cooperation between the IWGA and its Chinese partners and friends.

The MoU particularly focuses on the promotion of the sports and disciplines to appear on The World Games programme in Chengdu. Working together with the IWGA, the Chinese Olympic Committee’s responsibility to create and develop awareness about these sports and disciplines on the Chinese territory is defined as a top priority.

Most likely, China will be attending The World Games with one of the biggest delegations and excellent results from Chinese athletes are expected with a strong possibility for the nation to appear in the Top 10 final medal tally. The host country is not only a reliable and experienced organiser, it also largely contributes to the overall growth and recognition of The World Games in Asia.

IWGA President José Perurena said: “The signing of this MoU is a big step for the future of our union. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the COC President Mr. Gao and our satisfaction for the fruitful three-way cooperation between the IWGA, the Chinese Olympic Committee and the Chengdu 2025 Organising Committee. This MoU gives us all great confidence that we will have a safe and successful edition of The World Games in 2025.”

Mr. Gao Zhidan, President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, said: “The signing of this MoU reflects the strong commitment of China to the success of The World Games Chengdu 2025, as well as to promoting the development of trendy sports. It is believed that our cooperation with the IWGA will further increase the popularity and participation of The World Games Chengdu 2025 and related sports, so as to contribute to the success of the Games.”

This is the third MoU IWGA has co-signed since the start of 2024, after France and Spain on 20 February and 6 March. These strategic alliances are just the beginning of a series of MoUs that the IWGA plans to sign with top tier NOCs across the world.

The International World Games Association (IWGA) is a non-profit-making international sports organisation recognised and supported by the International Olympic Committee. The IWGA comprises 38 International Member Sports Federations. It administers and promotes The World Games (TWG), a multi-sport event held every four years that features around 35 sports on its programme. The next edition of TWG will be in Chengdu (CHN) from 7-17 August 2025. 5,000 participants from more than 100 countries are expected to take part in this 12th edition. The latest Games were hosted by Birmingham, Alabama (USA).


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