Cali 2013 World Games

Perhaps not many have known about the existence of World Games. It’s no doubt  not as famous or as big as the Olympic Games but it is certainly an international multi-sport event. First held in 1981, the games held once in every four years (similar to Olympics) is meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The World Games are organised and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of International Olympic Committee (IOC). The year the games takes place would be a year after every Summer Olympic Games.

The sports contested (usually over 30) includes but not limited to acrobatic gymnastics, aerobic gymnastics, artistic roller skating, dancesport, beach handball, canoe polo, rugby sevens, squash, karate, bowling, tug of war, powerlifting, water skiing, sport climbing, softball, wushu, etc of which some are included as invitational sports. I first get to know on this games four years ago when the 8th World Games was held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. That is the time when this games received wider popularity and that Kaohsiung hosted it in a grand way that proved successful. I watched its opening ceremony and it was a great effort in a beautiful stadium.


The recent 9th World Games was held in Cali, Colombia from 25th July till 4th August 2013 for a duration of 11 days. It has a slogan; ‘Fair Play to the Planet’. A record-breaking total of 109 countries participated with over 3800 athletes involved, making Cali 2013 the biggest ever in the games history. I didn’t have the interest to watch the ceremonies this time, and let’s just look at the results; the medal table since the games is over. Italy topped the table by winning 18 golds, 13 silvers and 18 bronzes. Russia came in second with 17 golds, 23 silvers and 13 bronzes while the third went to France with 16 golds, 11 silvers and 13 bronzes.

Olympics’ powerhouses like US clinched 11 golds, 4 silvers and 4 bronzes and China won 14 golds, 6 silvers and 2 bronzes. How about my country’s performance? Not bad. At least, Malaysia won a single gold medal and placed 37th (better than no standing), thanks to Nicol David in squash. On invitational sports, Malaysia won 2 silvers and 2 bronzes. Now, Nicol is on her way to prepare for last campaigning to include squash into Olympic Games to possibly end Malaysia’s thirst for Olympic gold medal by 2016. Good luck and may squash be successfully included into Olympics! Cali 2013 had concluded yesterday, and for your information, the next edition, 10th World Games will be held at Wroclaw, Poland in 2017. World Games deserves a much greater attention too, and so I wrote this post for it to share or indirectly promoting it out to my readers.



The last two images showing fireworks over Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium during Cali 2013 World Games’ opening ceremony on 25th July 2013.

(Images and several information in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web).


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