This marks the first time the World Games will be held in the US since the inaugural event in 1981 in Santa Clara, California.
Birmingham was chosen over Lima, Peru and Ufa, Russia to serve host to about 4,000 athletes from 100 countries competing in sports not represented in the Summer Olympics, like artistic roller skating, karate, squash, tug of war, and water skiing.
The sports we’re excited about: trampoline, ultimate frisbee, american football, and archery (thanks Katniss).
The sports we have 7 years to learn about: canoe polo, korfball, air sports, and orienteering among others.
The city will use existing venues and local college facilities for the 11-day event, and the city has a budget of $75 million, most of which will come from corporate sponsors. The estimated economic impact, though, is upwards of $256 million.
Thanks to Scott Myers and the others who worked tirelessly to make this possible. We’re so excited to be a part of this ever-changing community.
To stay up-to-date on the latest news for the 2021 World Games, follow @TWG2021bham on Twitter.
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