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World Games

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The World Games, first held in 1981, are an international multi-sport event, meant for sports that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The World Games are organised and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Some of the sports that were on the program of the World Games eventually made it as Olympic sports (such as triathlon) or have been Olympic sports in the past (like tug of war). Participation in past World Games is included in the evaluation criteria used to select new Olympic sports adopted by the IOC on August 12, 2004. However, with the current position of the IOC to limit the Olympic Games to 10,000 participants, it is unlikely than many of the World Games sports will be elevated to the Olympic sports.

Some of the sports that are currently held at the World Games are orienteering, body building, powerlifting, fin swimming, squash, netball, water skiing, and casting. The sports that are included in the World Games are based on the facilities available in the host city, no new facilities may be constructed for the games. Typically, between 25 and 32 sports are contested at any particular World Games.

Sites and years of the World Games

World Games sports

Sports in the 2005 World Games

Official sports

Invitational sports

World Games sports not included in 2005
Former World Games sports

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