Women's Olympic Games / World Games

Women's World Games was an event which consisted of several competitions, similar to the Olympics, conducted only for women participants between 1922 and 1934. The sole reason the event was established was to address the lack of women's athletic competitions in the Olympics.

The event was founded by Alice Milliat after IOC refused to include women's track and field events in the Olympics. Milliat setup the Fédération Sportive Féminine Internationale (FSFI) to oversee the operations of the Women's Games.

A trial event was initially held in Monte Carlo in 1921 after which the main games were conducted for the first time in Paris in 1922. The event was held four times between 1922 and 1934 and was later discontinued after women's athletic events were widely included from the 1936 Olympics onwards.

The Paris event held in 1922 was initially known as Women's Olympic Games. After the IOC objected the use of Olympics as part of the event's title, the event's name was changed to Women's World Games. After three editions the event was held for the last time in 1934 in London in which athletes from 19 countries took part. A fifth edition of the event was planned for 1938 in Vienna but was later cancelled.

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