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The World Urban Games

The World Urban Games is a multi-sports competition, orgininally organized by The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), now SportAccord. The inaugural World Urban Games were held in Budapest, Hungary in 2019. It was a five-day festival combining new-generation sports, music and culture, celebrating urban and youth culture.


These games were first planned to take place in 2016 following the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, but due to various reasons it did not happen. In November 2018, it was announced that Los Angeles had been selected to host the inaugural World Urban Games in 2019 (beating the other contender Budapest), but in early 2019 the it was announced that Budapest, Hungary would host the event following a row over which sports should be included on the program. Budapest was also scheduled be the host city for the second edition in 2021.

Urban Sports

The sports program of the World Urban Games is aimed at the younger population, with many sports adapted to fit with the young, modern and urban culture of this new sporting competition. There are no Olympic disciplines included on the program.

The Budapest World Urban Games 2019 program included six competition sports and two showcase sports. The competition sports were 3x3 basketball, BMX freestyle park, freestyle flying disc, breaking (break dancing), parkour and freestyle roller skate. Indoor rowing and laser run also featured as showcase (demonstration) sports.

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