The city of Wroclaw in Poland was awarded to host The World Games 2017. The 10th edition of the multi-sport event will take part from 20 to 30 July 2017. Wroclaw is the capital of Lower Silesian Voivodeship with more than 640.000 residents.
The President of the Wroclaw Organizing Committee – The World Games 2017 Limited is Mr. Marcin Przychodny, the Vice President is Mr. Adam Roczek.
IWGA President Jose Perurena Lopez said about the next host: “We are happy to present our sports in Wroclaw in the summer of 2017, and we are sure that we will be offered optimal conditions for our sportsmen and women there.” Wroclaw offers all prerequisites to stage an event like The World Games. This does not only refer to the required sporting venues and infrastructure. The city also has a record as a host of big sports events and can count on the support of the city administration, the Ministry of Sport and Tourism and the National Olympic Committee.
The Mayor Rafal Dutkiewicz sees the organization of The World Games as a good opportunity to present Wroclaw: ”The World Games will be the biggest sporting event in Polish history, after the Euro 2012. We plan to celebrate the jubilee 10th edition of The World Games in style.”
Moreover, he counts on a large number of sports enthusiasts who will flock to the competitions during the eleven-days sport event. The bid was supported by Sumo Wrestler Robert Paczków from Poland: “I was a World Champion and European Champion. However, I am especially proud of my World Games bronze medal.”
So, after Duisburg 2005, The World Games will return to Europe. In 2009 Kaohsiung (Chinese Taipei) was the host of the multi-sport event. In 2013 it took place in Cali, Columbia, and that was for the first time in a country in South America.
The World Games take place every four years in the year following the Olympic Games. The event showcases more 25 sports, for example Dance Sport, Squash, Tug of War, Sumo and Karate. Approximately 4,500 athletes and officials from more than 100 countries take part in The World Games. The athletes will compete for the gold medals in their around 180 disciplines during the event.