The 10th World Games are now history
240 participants at 26 venues and in the fan zone, 10 days of competition, 3 500 athletes from 112 countries, 30 medals for Poland, 1 600 volunteers, 700 journalists from 50 countries – that is The World Games 2017 by the numbers.
“The Games were both a sport and organisational success for us. It was a time of amazing emotions and amazing competitions involving thousands of athletes from around the world. The residents of Wrocław and of Lower Silesia as a whole, had a chance again to show what a unique meeting place Wrocław is,” commented Wrocław Mayor Rafał Dutkiewicz. “The fans cheering around the venues of TWG 2017 was loud and clear and there were lots and lots of fans in the fan zone, checking things out and relaxing to the tunes of both Polish and international stars. We should give a special thanks to our volunteers, who put their whole hearts into the organisation of these Games.
More than 400 hours of live television transmissions were produced and broadcast over the Polsat, Polsat Sport, Polsat Sport Extra, Polsat Sport News, Polsat Sport Fight and Super Polsat stations. The broadcast of the Opening Ceremony was available in 131 countries. As the International World Games Association reported, it was transmitted by, among others, CCTV5 from China, TBS from Japan, Germany’s Sport1, Match TV in Russia, ESPN LA covering all the countries of Latin America and finally the Olympic Channel – the official channel of the International Olympic Committee. The combined viewership totalled 420 million viewers with the largest part coming from Chinese, German, Russian and Spanish-language ESPN station as well as Beln Sports, a French-language channel.
As Joachim Gossow, CEO of IWGA pointed out, a large portion of the stations ordered extra hours of material because what was being produced was at such a high level.
Thirty medals: 9 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze – this was the final total for Poland in The World Games 2017. It was a historical haul for the host nation – their best ever effort at The World Games. It is worth noting that of the 30 medals, 10 came in the so-called “invitational sports” (4 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze). This includes 6 medals in kickboxing, 3 in indoor rowing and 1 in speedway racing. With these subtracted, Poland’s grand total in the medal standings stands at 20 (5 gold, 6 silver and 9 bronze) giving them 13th place. The overall winner was Russia with 63 medals (28-21-14), who finished ahead of Germany with (18-10-14) and Italy (16-13-13) who both totalled 42 medals.
The Games were the most difficult logistical undertaking in the history of Polish sport. Taking into consideration the difficult weather (a storm on 23 July damaged some of the venues) which hindered the organisers’ plans, the overall opinion of the international sport federations was extremely favourable. Through hard work and quick decision-making, the storm’s damage was cleaned up the very same day.
A special thanks also goes to all the volunteers from around the world, who worked during the Games, adding their own special „brick” the collective success. They could be found literally everywhere, taking care of guests, both in Wrocław and in the partner cities.
The capitol of Lower Silesia will be left with several beautiful sport venues thanks to The World Games 2017: Olympic Stadium, the roller-skating track in Millennium Park and the swimming pool complex on Wejherowska Street. Some of the venues – the sport climbing wall on plac Nowy Targ and the roller-skating track were visited by Dr Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee. He was also on hand to visit Wrocław Stadium. IWGA President Jose Perurena had special praise for Wrocław’s venues:
“I’m very happy with The World Games 2017. The organisers did a lot of work and the venues were indicative of the high standard of the entire Games. The competitions went smoothly and the volunteers were (and still are) very friendly and helpful. The TV material, produced by ISB and ATM has never been so good. We received a lot of positive comments from the international federations, journalists and fans. But most importantly for me, the athletes themselves were very happy with the Games.”
During yesterday’s Closing Ceremony, the TWG flag was handed over to officials from Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, USA, where the 11th edition of The World Games will be held.
The 10th World Games by the numbers
• 240 000 participants in The World Games 2017 events at the venues and in the fan zone
• 10 days of competition
• 3 500 athletes from 112 countries around the world
• 31 sport disciplines
• 26 sport venues – Wrocław, Świdnica, Trzebnica, Jelcz-Laskowice, Szymanów.
• 1600 volunteers
• 219 sets of medals
• TV transmission in 131 countries worldwide
• A total 420 million viewers with the largest part coming from Chinese, German, Russian and Spanish-language ESPN station as well as Beln Sports, a French-language channel.
• Over 400 hours of transmission on the different channels of Polsat news; the most-watched disciplines were: speedway racing, sport climbing, gymnastics and speed skating
• Over 12 million viewers in Poland
• 700 accredited journalists from 50 countries around the world; the largest contingents came from: Poland, Czechia, China, Japan, Holland, Ukraine and the USA
• 100 % of tickets sold for: speedway racing, dance sports, kayak polo, ju-jitsu, karate, orienteering, powerlifting, tug-of-war, finsw