The 2013 World Games may not garner as much notoriety and attention as the Olympics, but the Games provide fans with the opportunity to catch world-class athletes representing their country.

After having to cancel his participation at the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday due to a week of health issues, the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, paid a visit to The World Games in Cal
After having to cancel his participation at the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday due to a week of health issues, the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, paid a visit to The World Games in Cal

From the grace of dancers and rhythmic gymnasts to the unmitigated strength of Sumo wrestlers and powerlifters to the iron focus and precision of field archers and sports climbers, these games have a little bit of something from everyone.

A full schedule for the events can be found at the Games’ official site.

Founded in 1981, the International World Games Association (IWGA) is a non-governmental and non-profit-making international organization constituted under Swiss law.

Since its founding meeting in Seoul, Korea, IWGA membership increased from 12 to currently 33 International Sports Federations (IFs). For IFs to become a Member of the IWGA, their membership with SportAccord (formerly General Association of International Sports Federations – GAISF) is prerequisite. The IWGA is a member of SportAccord and represented on its Council. Another requirement is that the sports, or disciplines of sports, proposed by the federations for inclusion in The World Games are not currently on the program of the Games of the Olympiad.

In the year following The World Games, the IWGA General Meeting elects a seven-member Executive Committee to a term of four years. This board coordinates and supervises all matters related to The World Games on behalf of the Member IFs. The board’s tasks include making recommendations for the selection of suitable host cities and serving as the permanent liaison between the IWGA and the games’ organizers.

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