International Multi-Sport Events
Some of the most important events on the sporting calendar are competitions involving many sports, including the most popular sporting event the Olympic Games.
There are a few more of these multi-sport events than most people would know about, particularly those that cater for athletes from a particular region or from a particular group. Did you know that the event with most participants of any multi-sport event is the World Masters Games? (it has twice as many competitors as the Summer Olympics).
List of Major Multi-Sport Events
- Olympic Games — the biggest sporting event in the world. There is a Summer and Winter edition held every four years.
- World Games - for mostly non-Olympic sports.
- The X Games - for extreme action sports. There is a Winter version too.
- World Combat Games - first held in 2010, then again in 2013. Features 15 Martial Arts and Combat Sports, Aikido, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Muaythai, Sambo, Savate, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Wushu.
- World Artistic Games - includes; Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline, Acrobatic and Aerobic Gymnastics; Standard, Latin, FreeStyle, Rock'n'Roll and HipHop DanceSport; Synchronised Swimming and Diving; Figure Roller Skating, Artistic Cycling and AeroMusicals.
- World Beach Games - this event is in planning, 20 sports will feature on the program, which will be a mixture of sports traditionally played on sand - like beach volleyball and beach football - and others which take place on the water, such as dragon boat racing and wakeboarding.
- World Air Games - an international competition of multi-discipline air sports such as ballooning, hang gliding and gyrocopters.
- Urban Games - in planning, expected to be feature 3x3 basketball, skateboarding and cycling trials.
- World Mind Games - players compete in bridge, chess, draughts, go and xiangqi.
- eGames - a multi-national video game competition
- Francophone Games — for nations that speak French
- Lusophony Games — for Portuguese-speaking countries.
- Pan Arab Games — for Arabic-speaking nations.
Specific Occupation Groups
- Military World Games — for military athletes from over 100 countries.
- World Police and Fire Games — for law enforcement officers and firefighters worldwide.
By Specific Population Sub-Group
- Gay Games - for the worldwide LGBT and ally community
- Universiade - organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Sometimes also known as the World University Games or World Student Games. There are Winter and Summer editions of the Games.
- World Masters Games — for mature athletes.
- World Senior Games
- European Masters Games
- Youth Olympic Games — for athletes aged 14 to 18 years.
- Commonwealth Youth Games - for athletes aged 14 to 18 from the 71 Commonwealth countries.
- Kingdom Games — a multi-sport event held every two years between the youth of the countries that are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
- European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) — for young athletes from Europe.
Political or Religious Association
- Commonwealth Games — for countries of the commonwealth family.
- Islamic Solidarity Games — for all nations from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
- Maccabiah Games — for Jewish athletes worldwide.
- Women's Islamic Games.
- Asian Games — multi-sport Games for Asian countries, first held in 1951.
- Southeast Asian Games — for nations in Southeast Asia
- East Asian Games — for nations in East Asia
- West Asian Games — for nations in West Asia
- Central Asian Games — for nations in Central Asia
- South Asian Games — for nations in South Asia
- Asian Beach Games — for beach and water sports
- Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games - combining the Asian Indoor Games and Asian Martial Arts Games.
- European Games — multisport competition for European nations first held in 2015.
- Games of the Small States of Europe
- All-Africa Games - for all African nations
- Pan American Games — for all nations of the Americas
- Central American and Caribbean Games — for nations in the Caribbean, Central America and/or bordering the Caribbean sea.
- Central American Games — for countries in the Central America
- South American Games — a regional multi-sport event held between nations in South America.
- South American Beach Games — a biennial multi-beach-sport event for South American countries.
- Arafura Games — hosted in Darwin, Australia, for nearby nations (defunct).
- Mediterranean Games — for all nations bordering the Mediterranean Sea
- The Pacific Games — for countries around the South Pacific. It is held every four years and began in 1963. formerly known as the South Pacific Games.
- Indian Ocean Island Games — for all islands in the Indian Ocean.
- Paralympic Games — held in conjunction with the Summer Olympic Games.
- Deaflympics — for deaf athletes
- Défi sportif - a multi-sport event for disabled athletes held in Montreal, Canada. Involves athletes of the five types of disabilities: auditory, physical, psychiatric, intellectual, and visual as well as athletes of all levels.
- Special Olympics World Games — Winter and Summer events held every 4 years for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
- IWAS World Games — a multi-sport competition for wheelchair athletes, formerly known as the Stoke Mandeville or World Wheelchair Games.
- Invictus Games — an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event for wounded soldiers
If you know of others that should be listed here, let me know.