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DanceSport and the coming World Games in 2021

The International World Games Association (IWGA) is a non-government and non-profit-making international organisation constituted under Swiss law.

Having started with 12 sports in 1980, it now comprises 37 international sports federations.

The principal aim of the IWGA is to develop the popularity of the sports it represents, to improve their prominence through excellent achievements, and to conserve all the traditional values of sport through 'The World Games'.


Part of the Olympic movement

The IWGA is an organisation recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). 'The World Games' as a multi-sport event is committed to developing its activities in the Olympic spirit and in conformity with the Olympic Charter. The IOC provides technical assistance and its expertise to help promote 'The World Games'.


The birth

With the forming of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, the IOC became the de facto governing body for international sport.

When international sports further expanded post-World War II, the various international sports federations felt the need to establish a dialogue with the Olympic leaders.

One of the ultimate objectives of almost all these non-Olympic federations was to be included in the IOC.

Olympic yearnings

When it became evident that the growth of the Olympic Games was limited, the sports from this non-Olympic group understood there were minimal opportunities to be selected for participation on the Olympic program.

The non-Olympic federations wanted a profile for their sports so they decided to form their own showcase event, which became The World Games.

In 1979 a small steering group from the non-Olympic federations was formed, with officials exploring options to create the first World Games. For more history.

The next games

The next World Games will be 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, and will include Latin and Standard along with Rock'n'Roll and Breaking.

The sports

There are six main areas:

The 37 sports federations in 'The World Games' are:

Seventh most popular sport

DanceSport (including Salsa, Breaking and Rock'n'Roll) was ranked #7 in popularity – based on ticket sales - at the last World Games in Poland in 2017. The popularity was based on ticket sales. There were 27 different sports that participated and the top 10 included:

  1. American football
  2. Gymnastics
  3. Speedway
  4. Roller sports
  5. Beach handball
  6. Flying disc
  7. DanceSport
  8. Sport climbing
  9. Muay Thai
  10. Korfball

Further information on the World Games in Birmingham

DanceSport and The World Games 2021
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