Three years to go – The World Games 2025

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In three years from today 7th August 2025, The World Games 2025 will be held in Chengdu, People’s Republic of China! The Opening Ceremony of the Games in Chengdu and the 12th edition of The World Games will be held in the period 7–17 August 2025. The World Games always takes place one year after the Summer Olympic Games – this time the Olympic Games to be held in Paris in 2024.

For the third time in the history of The World Games since its first edition in 1981, the multi-sport event is a guest in Asia. The host for 2025, Chengdu, is a city of 21 million people in the south-west of China. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province and also well known as the ‘home’ of the panda.

Chengdu city already has the necessary infrastructure to host an event the size of The World Games. Following the principles of the IWGA, the construction of new sports facilities is not necessary. Chengdu organised the World Police and Fire Games in 2019, and looks forward to hosting the FISU Summer University Games in 2023.

“Chengdu is a city of positiveness and inclusiveness”, Xian Rongsheng, Vice Mayor of Chengdu said when celebrating the three-years-out day on 7 August, and continued: “With two international airports – Tianfu International Airport and Shuangliu International Airport and 131 international air routes, Chengdu has the 4th greatest global aerial connectivity. 21 foreign countries have been approved to set up consulates in Chengdu and it has paired with 104 international sister cities and friendship cities. The international block trains have connected Chengdu to 68 Eurasian cities.”

Vice Mayor Xian Rongsheng concluded his speech by welcoming everyone to Chengdu: “Chengdu will work closely with the International World Games Association and try its best to present the world with a safe, wonderful and unique sports event. The 21 million Chengdu citizens are eagerly looking forward to the coming of athletes from all over the world! We are ready and see you in Chengdu in 2025!”

The process of deciding on the sports programme for The World Games 2025 will start immediately, now that The World Games 2022 are over. Qualifications – for which the member federations will be responsible – will begin in 2023. As with The World Games 2022, the Madrid-based company ISB will be responsible for the production of the TV signal and the international marketing of the TV rights. The official timekeeper will be Swiss Timing, as it has been for the Games since 2009.

The World Games 2025 will be the first edition held under the guidelines set by the strategy paper of the International World Games Association ‘Growth Beyond Excellence’. The maximum permitted number of participants (this includes athletes and technical officials) for the sports programme of The World Games 2025 onwards will be increased from 4,200 to 5,000. In principle, this number will include 4,000 participants proposed by the 39 IWGA Member Federations with events on the programme. The remaining 1,000 participants will be made up of participants from other disciplines in agreement with the host cities, participants from disciplines determined in consultation with the International Olympic Committee, and participants from para-disciplines. These disciplines will be determined after consultation with the International Paralympic Committee.

Germany topped the medal table of the recently concluded 2022 edition of The World Games with 47 medals; 24 gold, 7, silver, 16 bronze. United States of America and Ukraine came second and third with 44 and 45 medal; 16 gold, 18 silver, 10 bronze and 16 gold, 12 silver, 17 bronze respectively.

22nd position Egypt topped the list of African representative on the medal table with a total of 6 medals; 3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze. Amongst other African’s representative on the table included 47th position Algeria and South Africa with 1 gold each. And, 70th position Tunisia with 1 bronze.

  *   Host nation (United States)     
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Germany2471647
2  United States*16181044
3  Ukraine16121745
4  Italy13241249
5  France11151642
6  Hungary117927
7  Belgium114520
8  Japan10111233
9  Colombia910625
10  China94114
11  Israel73414
12  Spain66719
13  Great Britain63413
14  Canada55515
15  Switzerland54312
16  Mexico52512
17  Denmark43310
18  Thailand4329
19  Sweden36514
20  Poland35715
21  Netherlands33410
22 Egypt3216
23  Australia3126
24 Croatia2507
25  Indonesia2305
26  Norway2215
  Serbia2215
28  Brazil2158
 United Arab Emirates2158
30  Austria2114
31  Cambodia2002
  Vietnam2002
33  Chinese Taipei16613
34  Greece1348
  South Korea1348
36  Portugal1315
37  Kazakhstan1214
38  Slovenia1135
39  Slovakia1124
40  Bulgaria1113
  New Zealand1113
42  Brunei1102
43  Hong Kong1045
44  Ecuador1034
45  Azerbaijan1012
  Lithuania1012
47  Algeria1001
  Costa Rica1001
  Moldova1001
  Philippines1001
 South Africa1001
52  Morocco0404
53  Czech Republic0336
54  Virgin Islands0314
55  Chile0213
  Venezuela0213
57  Argentina0123
  Romania0123
  Singapore0123
60  Finland0112
  Kyrgyzstan0112
  Uzbekistan0112
63  Bahrain0101
  Bosnia and Herzegovina0101
  Guatemala0101
  Mongolia0101
  Peru0101
  Qatar0101
69  Malaysia0022
70  Bolivia0011
 India0011
  Panama0011
  Tunisia0011
Totals (73 nations)224221222667

 The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association, organised with the support of the International Olympic Committee. The World Games 2022 was held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 7-17 July 2022. 3,600 athletes from 34 sports and 100 countries took part in the Games. The 12th edition of The World Games will be held in Chengdu, CHN in 2025.

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