We know you’ve heard about The World Games 2022, but have you heard all of these fun facts? Keep reading to find out.
Breaking down the numbers
- 3,600 athletes will compete in 34 sports including 58 disciplines encompassing 223 events.
- Female athletes make up 48%—52% athletes are male.
- 2720 days since Birmingham was awarded the Games
- 106 nations competing
- $256 million (US)—the estimated economic impact TWG 2022 is expected to have on the Birmingham, Alabama area
- 23 venues across Birmingham
- 80 countries reached on 12 TV stations covering TWG 2022
- Biggest nations: USA, Germany, Italy
- Special Appearance: Haudenosaunee Nationals (Native Americans) in Lacrosse
- Special Venues: Protective Stadium & Sloss Furnace former Plant Area
- Important Guests: International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach
- Oldest participant: Anthony Peck (71) Tug of War
- Youngest participant: Fuga Kamizeki (14) from Japan, Drone Racing, Air Sports
- Most appearances at TWG: Dick Jaspers (BEL), Billiards, and Fukushima Yukako (JPN), Powerlifting, 6 editions
- Most successful Athlete: Bart Swings (BEL)
- Olympic Champions partaking:
- Bart Swings (Belgium): Speed Skating, Roller Sports
- Team Japan Softball
- Sandra Sanchez (Spain): Karate
- Karate: Jovana Prekovic, Ryo Kiyuna, Steven Dacosta, Feryal Abdelaziz, Sajad Ganjzadeh, Ivet Goranova and Liugi Busa
Events begin Friday, July 8 and continue through Sunday, July 17. Find out what events and venues still have tickets + get yours today.
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