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The 2017 World Games, commonly known as Wrocław 2017, was the tenth World Games, a major international multi-sport event, meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that were not contested in the Olympic Games, held from 20 to 30 July 2017 in Wrocław, Poland. The World Games were organized by the Wrocław Organizing Committee. Wrocław was selected as the host city in January 2012 in Lausanne, over Budapest, Hungary. It was the first time The World Games was organised in Poland.

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Host cityWrocław, Poland
Nations participating102
Athletes participating3,214
Events199 + 20 invitationals
Opening ceremony20 July
Closing ceremony30 July
Officially opened byThomas Bach
President of the IOC
Main venueStadion Miejski
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Sport climbing during World Games in Wrocław.

Wrocław was the sixth city in Europe after London (1985), Karlsruhe (1989), The Hague (1993), Lahti (1997) and Duisburg (2005) to host The World Games.

A total of 201 events in 27 official sport disciplines were held during the Games. This is the first time that floorball, women's lacrosse, and Muay Thai have been included in The World Games as official sports. Also, a total of 21 events in 4 invitational sports, American football, indoor rowing, kickboxing, and motorcycle speedway were held during the Games.

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Host selectionEdit

Location of Wrocław, the host city.

Four cities expressed interest in hosting the 2017 Games. After examination of the files, the application of Genoa, Italy was not brought to the next step. The candidate cities were announced by the IWGA in August 2011:[1]

Just a few days before the awarding ceremony, Cape Town withdrew its bid for financial reasons.[2] The final decision was announced by Ron Froehlich, President of the International World Games Association, on 12 January 2012 in Lausanne. The 10th edition of The World Games was awarded to Wrocław.[3]

VenuesEdit

West ClusterEdit

 
Stadion Miejski, during UEFA Euro 2012

The West Cluster was the main clusters of the games, include the opening ceremony venue, Stadion Miejski, the venue of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

Central ClusterEdit

 
National Forum of Music in Wrocław
  • National Forum of Music – closing ceremony, powerlifting, 1,800 spectators
  • Nowy Targ Square – orienteering, sport climbing
  • Sky Tower Housed – bowling
  • Hasta la Vista Sport Club – Squash

East ClusterEdit

 
The interior of the Centennial Hall
  • Centennial Hall – acrobatic gymnastic, aerobic gymnastics, dancesport, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics, Tumbling, 10,000 spectators
  • Wroclaw Congress Center – billiards
  • Pergola Centennial Hall – archery, boules sports, orienteering, 10,000 spectators
  • Olympic Stadium – American football, motorcycle speedway, 35,000 spectators
  • University of Physical Education – tug of war
  • Marsowe Fields – tug of war
  • P5 Complex – beach handball, flying disc
  • WKK Sport Center – floorball, korfball
  • Sport Complex GEM – ju-jitsu, karate
  • Olawka Stadium – fistball, lacrosse

Outside WrocławEdit

  • Szymanów Airport, Szymanów – air sports
  • Trzebnica Beech Forest, Trzebnica – orienteering
  • Świdnica Icerink, Świdnica – artistic roller skating, inline hockey
  • Laskowice Sport Complex, Jelcz-Laskowice – indoor rowing

The gamesEdit

Opening ceremonyEdit

The opening ceremony took place in the Stadion Miejski on 20 July 2017. Artistic conception of the opening Ceremony is made by Polish director and TV producer, Krzysztof Materna. He is responsible for direction of show, details of scenario, artists, choreographer, compositors, sound system specialists and all special effects of ceremony.[4]

The ceremony highlighted aspects of Polish culture, and featured the popular singer, Dawid Kwiatkowski, and Radzimir Dębski, Kamil Bednarek, Steve Nash alongside the Turntable Orchestra. The Games were officially opened by President of International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.[5]

SportsEdit

The 2017 World Games programme featured 27 official sports, and 4 invitational sports encompassing 219 events. This is the first time that floorball, women's lacrosse, and Muay Thai have been included in the World Games as official sports, and the first time indoor rowing, kickboxing and motorcycle speedway have been included as invitational sports. The numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sports discipline.

Notes
AD: Artistic and Dance sports
B: Ball sports
I: Invitational sports, selected by the host city
M: Martial arts
P: Precision sports
S: Strength sports
T: Trend sports

Participating nationsEdit

Participating National Olympic Committees

Closing ceremonyEdit

The closing ceremony was held on 30 July 2017 at Wolności Square near the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

CalendarEdit

OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Gold medal events CC Closing ceremony
July 20
Thu
21
Fri
22
Sat
23
Sun
24
Mon
25
Tue
26
Wed
27
Thu
28
Fri
29
Sat
30
Sun
Events
Ceremonies OC CC N/A
  Acrobatic gymnastics 2 1 2 5
  Aerobic gymnastics 2 3 5
  Air sports 1 2 3
  Archery 2 2 3 7
  Artistic roller skating 4 4
  Beach handball 2 2
  Billiard sports 1 3 4
  Boules sports 12 12
  Bowling 1 1 1 1 4
  Canoe polo 2 2
  Dancesport 2 2 4
  Finswimming 7 7 14
  Fistball 1 1
  Floorball 1 1
  Flying disc 1 1
  Ju-Jitsu 12 10 22
  Karate 6 6 12
  Korfball 1 1
  Lacrosse 1 1
  Lifesaving 8 8 16
  Muay Thai 11 11
  Orienteering 2 2 1 5
  Powerlifting 3 3 2 8
  Rhythmic gymnastics 2 2 4
  Road speed skating 4 4 8
  Roller hockey 1 1
  Sport climbing 2 2 2 6
  Squash 2 2
  Sumo 4 2 6
  Track speed skating 2 4 4 10
  Trampoline gymnastics 1 2 3 6
  Tug of war 2 1 3
  Waterskiing 3 3 6
Daily medal events 24 34 16 21 23 18 5 18 18 22 199
Cumulative total 24 58 74 95 118 136 141 159 177 199
  American football1 1 1
  Indoor rowing1 4 2 6
  Kickboxing1 12 12
  Speedway1 1 1
Daily medal events 1 0 4 14 0 1 0 20
Cumulative total 1 1 5 19 19 20 20
July 20
Thu
21
Fri
22
Sat
23
Sun
24
Mon
25
Tue
26
Wed
27
Thu
28
Fri
29
Sat
30
Sun
Events
Note

1 Invitational sports selected by the host organizing committee

Medal tableEdit

Medal designEdit

Wrocław's medal design was unveiled in July 2017. The official sports medals were a diameter of eight centimetres, larger than the invitation sports medals which were a diameter of six centimetres. The face of the medals features The World Games logo, while the reverse displays original work by Professor Mateusz Dworski. In the centre of the medal is a globe containing the image of the Wrocław City Hall building. The medals were designed by Dworski, a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, and were produced by the Polish National Mint.[7]

This is the table of the medal count of the 2017 World Games, based on the medal count of the International World Games Committee (IWGA). These rankings sort by the number of gold medals, earned by a National Olympic Committee (NOC). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If, after the above, countries are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically by IWGA Country Code. Although this information is provided by the IWGA, the IWGA itself does not recognize or endorse any ranking system.

Official sportsEdit

Key

  *   Host nation (Poland)

The final medal table:

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Russia28211463
2  Germany18101442
3  Italy16131342
4  France14141543
5  Ukraine107825
6  Colombia910221
7  Japan96722
8  China87520
9  Belgium79824
10  United States611522
11  Hungary64414
12  Denmark6006
13  Poland56920
14  Belarus42511
  Sweden42511
16  Brazil4228
17  Switzerland38314
18  South Korea36312
19  Australia35614
20  Thailand35210
21  Spain34714
22  Great Britain34411
23  Argentina3126
24  Iran28111
25  Netherlands2226
26  Czech Republic2147
27  Austria2125
28  Chinese Taipei1438
29  Canada1326
30  Mexico1135
31  Chile1124
32  Mongolia1113
  United Arab Emirates1113
34  Azerbaijan1102
35  Turkey1034
36  Kazakhstan1023
37  Morocco1012
  Peru1012
39  Algeria1001
  Moldova1001
  Philippines1001
  Serbia1001
  Vietnam1001
44  Slovenia0426
45  Venezuela0336
46  Croatia0213
  Egypt0213
48  Israel0156
49  Finland0123
50  Hong Kong0112
  Romania0112
52  Greece0101
  Jordan0101
  San Marino0101
55  Portugal0033
56  New Zealand0022
57  Dominican Republic0011
  Lithuania0011
  Malaysia0011
  Montenegro0011
  Qatar0011
  Slovakia0011
  South Africa0011
Totals (63 nations)199199199597

Invitation sportsEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Ukraine5027
2  Poland44210
3  Serbia2204
4  Russia2013
5  France2002
6  Austria1113
7  Germany1102
8  Brazil1001
  Czech Republic1001
  Netherlands1001
11  Bulgaria0202
  Great Britain0202
  Turkey0202
14  Sweden0123
15  Slovakia0112
16  Australia0101
  Bosnia and Herzegovina0101
  Canada0101
  Mexico0101
20  Thailand0022
  United States0022
22  Belarus0011
  China0011
  Croatia0011
  Iran0011
  Israel0011
  Moldova0011
  Morocco0011
Totals (28 nations)20202060

BroadcastingEdit

Olympic Channel [8]

MarketingEdit

MascotsEdit

The official mascots of the 2017 World Games are a boy and a girl named 'Hansel and Gretel', named after the popular fairy tale and townhouses in Wroclaw. The duo were selected from a nationwide voting in February 2015, and were chosen in November 2015. They symbolise Wroclaw as a place of positive meetings.

SponsorsEdit

Sponsors of the 2017 World Games
Sponsors
Supporters

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Candidate host cities for 2017
  2. ^ Awarding Ceremony In Progress
  3. ^ Candidate Host Cities for 2017
  4. ^ Good luck at The World Games
  5. ^ Bach officially declares Wrocław 2017 World Games open
  6. ^ "Colombia, presente con 51 atletas, en 10 deportes" [Colombia, present with 51 athletes, in 10 sports] (in Spanish). 6 June 2017.
  7. ^ Wrocław 2017 World Games medals unveiled
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2017-07-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ [3]
  12. ^ [4]
  13. ^ [5]

External linksEdit

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