Sports of the World Games

Here is a list of sports for World Games. There are official and invitational sports that can be included on the sports program. In 2013 there were 32 official sports on the program, and five invitational sports.

Artistic & Dance Sports

Ball Sports

Martial Arts

Precision Sports

Strength Sports

Trend Sports

Past Sports

Some of these sports are no longer part of the World Games program as they have been included into the Olympic Games.

Number of official and Invitational Sports

Year Location Official Sports Invitational Sports
2021 Birmingham, Alabama, USA  
2017 Wroclaw, Poland 27 4
2013 Cali, Colombia 32 5
2009 Kaohsiung, Taiwan 31 5
2005 Duisburg, Germany 31 6
2001 Akita, Japan 27 5
1997 Lahti, Finland 23 6
1993 The Hague, Netherlands 21 3
1989 Karlsruhe, West Germany 19 5
1985 London, United Kingdom 20 4
1981 Santa Clara, California, USA 14 2


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