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Birmingham, Ala., trying to land 2021 World Games

While the U.S. Olympic Committee weighs whether to bid for the 2024 Summer Games, another group is trying to land a similar, though lesser-known, international event.

Birmingham, Ala., is one of three finalists for the 2021 World Games, an Olympics-style event for sports that aren't on the Summer Games program. Three members of the International World Games Association will be in Birmingham on Friday and Saturday to visit the proposed competition and training venues, as well as facilities that would house and feed about 4,000 athletes from more than 100 countries.

"It's going to be very compact and easy to move around," said David Benck, co-chair of the Birmingham bid committee and vice president and general counsel at Hibbett Sporting Goods.

"I think that's going to be one of our advantages. It's not 45 minutes to an hour from venue to venue. It's literally five to 10 minutes," Benck said.

The 2021 host will be selected in late January. The other finalists are Lima, Peru, and Ufa, Russia.

The World Games haven't been in the U.S. since 1981, the first time the event was held. But when Benck and Scott Myers, executive director of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, visited the 2013 Games in Cali, Colombia, they realized Birmingham would be a perfect host.

"After seeing the facilities and seeing the games, we said, `Hey, we have everything in Birmingham right now to host the World Games,'" Myers said. "It wasn't necessary that they were going to the New Yorks and the Chicagos and the L.A.s So it was an opportunity for Birmingham to show what a first-class city it was."

And with the World Games being run under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee, it's another opportunity for the U.S. to impress the international sports community. Many sports that once participated in the World Games are now in the Olympics, including beach volleyball, trampoline, triathlon and taekwondo.

The U.S. hasn't hosted an Olympics since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and New York and Chicago were defeated in embarrassing fashion when they bid for the Summer Games. Relations between the USOC and IOC have improved greatly since then, and the USOC expects to decide in the coming months whether to bid for 2024.

"I don't know how it would impact the USOC and its efforts to bid for the 2024 Games, they're separate entities," Myers said. "I don't think it helps. But I don't think it hurts them."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2014/10/16/birmingham-finalist-for-2021-world-games/17384353/

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IWGA Evaluation Committee finished on-site visit in Lima

Lima, Nov. 02 The Bid Evaluation Committee of the International World Games Association (IWGA) has finished its on-site visit in Lima, Peru as part of the assessment of three potential host cities for The World Games 2021.

The Peruvian capital is competing with Birmingham (USA) and Ufa (Russia) to host the eleventh edition of the World Games, an event that brings expertise together from more than 25 non-Olympic sports.
"It will be another great opportunity to extend the legacy of sport for the city of Lima," said Jose Quinones, President of the Peruvian Olympic Committee (COP), during the meeting held at the Westin Lima Hotel.
Lima has demonstrated a strong case to the Evaluation Committee of the International World Games Association (IWGA) reinforcing its intentions to host the Games in 2021.
The official visit included a four hour technical presentation, a visit to the National Stadium and a meeting with the President of Congress, Ana Maria Solorzano, who reaffirmed the Government's intention to support sport.
Lima's proposal was led by Quinones, as well as by President of the Peruvian Sports Institute (IPD), Francisco Boza; the representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Cacho Sousa; and the Director of the Lima 2021 campaign, Patrick Espejo, who presented the strengths of the city’s application.
If Lima were successful in this bid, it would add another great opportunity and challenge to demonstrate to the world the country’s commitment to sport which includes the first big challenge of the XVIII Pan American Games 2019.
"This is a project that we will promote greater during the Pan American 2019. As the 2019 Games close, we will be able to move forwards immediately and present our campaign image and brand for the World Games,” Quinones added.
The proposal is part of a plan to reform Lima sustainably- using existing venues. Over 24 international championships and multidisciplinary events will be held in Lima before 2021.
In addition, this is an opportunity to start promoting the practice of 25+ sports of The World Games via programs in schools.
"We want to leave a legacy for the youth and children after The World Games," said the representative of the COP.
Another highlight will be the development of great sports village for The World Games, a modern WADA Doping Control, domestic tourism packages during competition, broadcast and transmission of all sporting events.
Non-Olympic sports such as Surfing and Karate, where Peru's ability and journey into a different sports program will be enhanced, will include Floor Hockey, Lacrosse, Boule, Bowling, and many other disciplines.
"We are able to host all events for The World Games, including 3.500 athletes from about 100 countries," concluded the coach.
The Evaluation Committee visited the different venues, such as the Videna and the Miguel Grau Complex and the two big clusters proposed for the Games.
On the final day of the visit, the team went to Punta Rocas (40 kilometers to the South) to witness the competition of the ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games.
Whilst there, the guests were able to have a special meeting with Fernando Aguerre, President of the International Surfing Association.
The final decision will be made next January in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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On Thursday 22 January, the IWGA will announce the name of the Host City for The World Games 2021. Birmingham (USA), Lima (Peru) and Ufa (Russia) have applied to host the 11th edition of our multi-sport event in 2021.

IWGA President José Perurena will present the result of the Executive Committee’s vote at a press conference in the Mövenpick Hotel in Lausanne on Thursday 22 January, 11:15am. This announcement is subject to successful negotiation of contractual conditions, and subsequent confirmation by the IWGA‘s AGM in April 2015.

The IWGA Bid Evaluation Commission was headed by Vice President Max Bishop. The decision on the host city for 2021 will be taken by the IWGA Executive board after the final presentations of Birmingham, Lima and Ufa on the 21 January at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne.

The announcement next Thursday can be watched live on The World Games Channel: channel.theworldgames.org

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I've never heard of these games and had to google them. And dear god that means Birmingham of all places has the best shot of winning. Lima was on the verge of losing the Pan American games so that might hurt them, and Russia has the whole Ukraine mess they started. So what's left is a US bid from an Alabama city. Bleh!

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A potential bid for 2024 is not dead in the water yet. Elections are in October and the possibility of bid can be brought sometime after. However 2024 probably isn't the best year anyways especially if Paris or any capable European city bids.

Intoronto, most respectfully, I think that with this post you've demonstrated one of the primary reasons why Toronto doesn't win bid. There is a confidence deficit. Did Toronto actually place higher than Paris for the 2008 Bid? I do believe your country should learn what confidence can do given its phenomenal success at Vancouver 2010.

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IWGA President Perurena: Birmingham, USA, to be Host City of The World Games 2021.

The World Games 2021 will take place in Birmingham/Alabama/USA. This decision was announced by José Perurena, President of the International World Games Association, at noon on Thursday, 22 January 2015, at a press conference in the Mövenpick Hotel in Lausanne.

During its meetings on Wednesday the IWGA Executive Committee had made a final assessment of the Bids from Birmingham (USA), Lima (Peru) and Ufa (Russia), and evaluated the delegations’ final presentations. The IWGA Executive Board took the final decision on the host city for the 11th edition of this multi-sports event at its meeting on Thursday morning.

This announcement is subject to successful negotiation of contractual conditions, and subsequent confirmation by the IWGA‘s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in April 2015. The agreement with the next host city will be signed right after the AGM. The 10th edition of The World Games will be staged in 2017 in Wroclaw Poland. The IWGA flag will be handed over to the representatives of Birmingham during the closing ceremony in Wroclaw on 30 July 2017.

Giving reasons for the decision in favour of Birmingham/Alabama, President José Perurena mentioned the excellent bid presented by the host city. "We are happy to showcase our sports in Birmingham in July 2021, and we are sure that we will be offered optimal conditions for our sportsmen and women there. All the bids we received were of very high quality, and it was not easy for us to reach a decision. We have to deliver nothing less than outstanding World Games. We are convinced that Birmingham will exceed these expectations.” José Perurena stated.

Birmingham offers all prerequisites to stage an event like The World Games. The IWGA President added. This refers not only to the required sporting venues and infrastructure. The city also meets expectations in terms of organizing skills and the support of the city administration and the National Olympic Committee.

So, after Santa Clara 1981, the inaugural edition, The World Games will return to the USA. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, with more than 210,000 residents. It will be the first time that the city hosts an international multi-sport event.

The bidding process had been started by the IWGA in early 2014. Birmingham (USA), Lima (Peru) and Ufa (Russia) applied to host the 11th edition of The World Games.

http://www.theworldgames.org/news/news-of-the-world-games/1417-birmingham-usa-to-be-host-city-of-the-world-games-2021

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Intoronto, most respectfully, I think that with this post you've demonstrated one of the primary reasons why Toronto doesn't win bid. There is a confidence deficit. Did Toronto actually place higher than Paris for the 2008 Bid? I do believe your country should learn what confidence can do given its phenomenal success at Vancouver 2010.

France has not hosted a Summer Olympics since 1924, 2024 would be asking for a second Summer Olympics just 14 years after Vancouver. Is it possible? Yes Is it likely? Probably no.

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/\/\ 2013 was just in So. America; and Russia's NOT getting any more plums for now. So Birmingham has an excellent chance for this.

Yup; guessed it again. -_-

Could the 2020s decade be the start of the "B" cities??

- Birmingham for WG 2021;

- Beijing for 2022?

- Boston or Berlin for 2024?

Baku should be right up there for something... :)

Brisbane? Bogota? Buenos Aires? Barcelona again?

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How the **** did Birmingham win?...Looks at other cities...oh okay that makes sense. Good luck Birmingham! I'm looking forward to watching pick trucks go around that track and some confederate flags be waved.

It would be really cool to see some type of mention of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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It would be really cool to see some type of mention of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Like where in the opening ceremonies?

Speaking of which, what does an OC for an event like this look like? Are there any videos on youtube or other site of the OCs on any of these previous games?

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