Taking place in Columbia next year, from July 25 to August 4
The Organization of The World Games 2013 Cali, to be held from July 25 to August 4, 2013, reports that FUTSAL will be an exhibition of sports to be played simultaneously with just these orbitals.
The venue for this tournament is to be determined between the municipalities of Buga and Palmira, which are very close to the headquarters of The Games and competition will be eight (8) men’s national teams, open class.
For the selection process that will take part quintets will take into account the criteria of the World Association of Futsal, AMF, with the approval of the Colombian Federation, Fecolfutsalón, the entity that conducted the relevant management to make room the microfútbol, as it is called a colloquial way in our country.
We welcome you the FUTSAL to The World Games 2013, the biggest sporting event after the Olympics, and hopefully in the near future may be part of the official disciplines of the fair.
JOSÉ LUIS ECHEVERRY AZCÁRATE
Los Juegos Mundiales 2013 Cali
The World Games 2013 Cali
IWGA President Ron Froehlich announced the Executive Committee’s final decision to grant the hosting rights to Cali, COL, at one of his daily press conferences during The World Games in Kaohsiung, TPE, on 21 July 2009. “The Games will be held for the first time in South America,“ Froehlich proclaimed.
Bid leader Pascual Guerrero, who now heads the Cali Organizing Committee (COC), was able to explain the motivation behind the city’s bid for The World Games 2013 to the international press as well. “The excitement among the public here in Kaohsiung justifies our efforts all the more; this is what we can look forward to in Cali, in Colombia and around Latin America,” Guerrero said. “This event offers the people in South America the opportunity to learn more about interesting and fascinating sports, and it gives Cali a chance to push urban development.”
The conclusion of the Host City Contract was celebrated at the Cali Congress Center in August 2009. Then Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Veléz, who attended the celebrations, reaffirmed the national government’s all-out support to the Cali organizers in the lead-up and during The World Games 2013.
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Cali will stage the multi-sport games together with two other cities in the Cauca Valley from 25 July to 4 August 2013. the Opening Ceremony will be held on 25 July, the day the City of Cali celebrates the 100th anniversary of its foundation. The organizers are preparing to seize the moment to promote the full breadth of sports to the world, and to bring about significant change to the nation, region and cities. The slogan for The World Games 2013 is Fair Play to the Planet! The COC is committed to pay particular attention to environmental friendliness in all its actions. Adding the new slogan to those used in the marketing of Cali makes for a promising formula. The city of Cali, aka “Heaven’s Branch Office,” and frequently labeled the “Sporting Capital of the Americas”, ensures “Fair Play to the Planet!” during The World Games 2013.
Cali brings considerable experience as an organizer of major sporting events to the challenge of staging The World Games. In 2008 Cali was host to the Colombian national multi-sport games with over 6,000 participants. The city was also an acclaimed host to the Pan-American Games and hundreds of large-scale international championships in the past. The most recent major event held there – in December 2009 – was the UCI Track Cycling World Cup. Cali and its partner cities in the Cauca Valley have the necessary infrastructure to accommodate The World Games. Even if all events will be hosted at existing venues, Cali has already embarked on a number of projects to improve them even further.
With a view to The World Games and the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held in Cali and seven other Colombian cities in 2011, the 35,000- capacity multi-purpose main stadium was renovated completely over a period of only 16 months.
The World Games, first held in 1981, are an international quadrennial multi-sport event, meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The World Games are organized and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Some of the sports that were on the program of The World Games eventually made it as Olympic sports (such as rhythmic gymnastics, triathlon, trampoline, Badminton, Softball, Rugby in 2016, Powerlifting, Taekwondo) or have been Olympic sports in the past (like tug of war). Participation in past The World Games is included in the evaluation criteria used to select new Olympic sports adopted by the IOC on August 12, 2004.
Competitions at the highest level in a multitude of diverse, popular and spectacular sports make up the mainstay of The World Games. At quadrennial intervals, in the years following the Games of the Olympiad, the world’s best athletes in these sports unite in their common search for excellence during The World Games. As the pinnacle in the competition calendar and as a highly visible stage for top athletes to perform on, The World Games generate worldwide exposure for the participating sports and athletes alike. Above all, The World Games provide the unique setting for thousands of athletes from different sports and countries to join in a celebration of unity and friendship across all boundaries. The World Games are the MAIN EVENT for all these athletes – one marked by sporting exploits as well as by camaraderie.
The World Games, IWGA, IOC & More …
The World Games are held under the auspices of the International World Games Association (IWGA). It is made up of 32 International Sports Federations governing all those sports and disciplines of sports which are eligible for participation in the Official Sports Program. The organization of The World Games is entrusted by the IWGA to an Organizing Committee formed by the host city and entities such as the National Olympic Committee, the regional government, etc.
The World Games are staged over a period of 11 days. They start with the Opening Ceremony and conclude with the Closing Ceremony.
The conduct of ceremonies and contests is subject to the ‘Rules of The World Games’ and IF’s, the IWGA directives for the organizing and the staging of the event.
While the International Olympic Committee grants its patronage to all editions of The World Games, and while the IWGA explicitly accepts and adheres to all principles of the Olympic Charter, the multi-sport games differ in two important aspects. The host is never required to build facilities or extend upon available infrastructure for the sake of The World Games alone. Ideally, the event is to be staged at existing venues, in appropriately sized facilities, which have been planned or built regardless of the candidate host bidding for the World Games. This condition influences the composition of The World Games program. Furthermore, participating athletes are representatives of their sport and are selected by the relevant International Federation. The IFs have a qualification system that ensures that the best athletes participate.
Not all IWGA sports feature necessarily on all editions of The World Games. Existing infrastructure and venues in and around the host city are the determining factor for the sports’ selection to be on the Official Sports Program. The host may with the approval of the IWGA also endorse a limited number of additional sports, which are not governed by the IWGA Member Federations, to feature on the Invitational Sports Program.
Empirically, around 35 sports are featured in an edition of The World Games.
Hence the slogan which the IWGA adopted in 2003 … THE WORLD GAMES: 30+ SPORTS AT THEIR BEST!
International World Games Association
Founded in 1981, the International World Games Association (IWGA) is a non-governmental international organization constituted under Swiss law. Made up of International Sports Federations, the IWGA administers a quadrennial and multidisciplinary sports event, The World Games, which aspires to equal and exceed the importance of world championships organized by each federation individually. The principal aim of the IWGA is to develop the popularity of the sports governed by its Member Federations, to improve their prominence through excellent sporting achievements, and to conserve all the traditional values of sport. Since its founding meeting in Seoul, Korea, IWGA membership increased from 12 to 33 International Sports Federations. For an International Federation to become a Member of the IWGA or its membership of Sportaccord with the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) is prerequisite. The IWGA is a member of Sportaccord and represented on the GAISF Council. Another requirement is that the sports, or disciplines of sports, proposed by the federations for inclusion in The World Games are not currently on the Sports Program of the Games of the Olympiad. In the year following The World Games, the IWGA Annual General Meeting elects an Executive Committee of six members. This board coordinates and supervises all matters related to The World Games on behalf of the Member Federations. The board’s tasks include making recommendations for the selection of suitable hosts and serving as the permanent liaison between the IWGA and the hosts’ Organizing Committees. The IWGA Medical Commission deals with the implementation of measures in the fight against doping. In close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency, the IWGA makes every effort to ensure ‘clean sport’ at The World Games. The IWGA and member federartions accepts CAS (Court of Arbitration of Sport).
Part of the Olympic Movement
The International World Games Association (IWGA) is an organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Affirming that the IOC and the IWGA share the same values of promoting physical and sporting activities for the well-being of society, the IOC grants its patronage to The World Games. The IOC Honorary President for Life, Juan Antonio Samaranch, opened The World Games in Karlsruhe (1989) and Lahti (1997), while former IOC Vice President Kevan R. Gosper led the inaugurals for The Hague (1993) and Akita (2001). IOC President Jacques Rogge addressed the ‘athletes of the world’ during the Opening Ceremony in Duisburg (2005), relaying the greetings of the ‘brothers and sisters of the Olympic Movement’ to them. Prior to his election to the presidency of the IOC, Jacques Rogge had served as permanent IOC Observer to the IWGA Executive Committee. On October 27, 2000, the IOC and the IWGA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), stipulating the terms of increased collaboration between the two organizations. In the MoU the IOC pledges to maintain its cooperation with the IWGA, to provide expertise and to help in the promotion of IWGA activities within the Olympic Movement. The IOC grants its patronage to the hosts of The World Games and provides the Organizing Committees with technical assistance through the IOC’s knowledge management programs. With the IWGA recognizing the importance for athletes and officials in all sports to participate as nationally representative delegations in The World Games, the IOC encourages each National Olympic Committee to support and assist its multi-sport delegation taking part in the event. The IWGA and the IOC set out to jointly review and develop the sports programs of The World Games further, and to implement the Olympic Movement’s World Anti-Doping Code.
Year Location Hosts Athletes* / Countries Sports (Off./Inv.)
- 1981 Santa Clara, California United States 1265 18/0
- 1985 London United Kingdom 1550 19/4
- 1989 Karlsruhe West Germany 1965 19/0
- 1993 The Hague Netherlands 2275/69 22/3
- 1997 Lahti Finland 2600/78 25/5
- 2001 Akita Japan 3200/93 26/5
- 2005 Duisburg Germany 3200/93 34/6
- 2009 Kaohsiung Chinese Taipei 3235/90 26/5
- 2013 Cali Colombia