World Games of 2013 – July 25 to August4 – Cali, Colombia

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One of the great representative images of British culture in London, the double-decker bus, visits the city of Cali during the World Games 2013.

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The two-story, red coloured buses are used for mass transit in London. Double-decker buses are also used in other cities in Europe, Asia, and former British colonies and protectorates such as Hong Kong and Singapore.

The bus, after making the trip across the “big pond”, travelled some 2.000 kilometres across Colombia to arrived in Cali on the eve of the start of World Games that will be in Cali until August 4.

Today, July 25, the bus will be parked outside the Pascual Guerrero stadium in the centre of Cali, on the 26th it will travel to Jamundi (south of Cali) and on the 27th will be the focus of the reception by the Ambassador to the United Kingdom at the Country Club. The bus will be part of a number of World Game events during the two weeks.

The World Games 2013 is the first time the multi-sport event is held on the South American continent.

4500 athletes and officials coming from 101 countries from all over the world will participate in competitions in 31 sports, of these 26 official and 5 invitational sports in 25 venues across the city of Cali.

201 medal events will be held during the 11 competition days.

35.000 spectators will witnesses the spectacular opening ceremony on the evening of 25 July. It is sold out.

The World Games were originally scheduled to be held in the cities of Duisburg and Düsseldorf of Germany. However, at the end of 2008, Duisburg withdrew and Düsseldorf drop out as well because the cities could not secure enough funding partly as a result of the global economic downturn in 2009. During the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the IWGA announced that Cali, Colombia was awarded the right to host the World Games in 2013.