POSTED: April 22nd 2015

SportAccord 2015: Birmingham and IWGA sign official host agreement for the World Games 2021

(Left) William A. Bell, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama and IWGA President, Jose Perurena sign up as partners © World Games 2021 BHM
(Left) William A. Bell, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama and IWGA President, Jose Perurena sign up as partners © World Games 2021 BHM

Birmingham home to the 2021 World Games © Bigstock
Birmingham home to the 2021 World Games © Bigstock

MARISSA FLANDERS and LAURA WALDEN at the Sochi Expocentre / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Host Agreement for the World Games 2021 was signed by International World Games Association (IWGA) President, Jose Perurena and William A. Bell, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama. The signing ceremony took place after the Annual General Meetings of the IWGA in Sochi, Russia.  

Now the city, located in the southern United States is the official host city of the 11th edition of the multi-sporting event. The new host city will follow the World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. The first edition of the World Games 1981 was held in Santa Clara, California. After 40 years, the sporting event is back in the United States.

"We are happy to celebrate our anniversary back in the USA. We are sure that we will be offered optimal conditions for our sportsmen and women in Birmingham. We have to deliver nothing less than outstanding World Games. We are convinced that Birmingham will exceed these expectations," expressed President Jose Perurena.

"Birmingham offers a perfect setting for an event like The World Games. This refers not only to the required sporting venues and infrastructure. For us it has been important that sponsors and private companies will collaborate with The World Games. The organizers in Birmingham do not depend on public money and this might be a future philosophy for hosting events like ours," added President Perurena.

Mayor Bell stated, "We want TWG 2021 to be the beginning of Birmingham's new sports-oriented future! Birmingham is a city that's very enthusiastic about sport. Hosting the Games and the world in 2021 presents tremendous opportunities for our city to introduce new sports and new cultures into our educational system. Preparing for the event supports the City intentions to upgrade existing venues, transportation systems and infrastructure."  

The Birmingham team, led by  Scott Myers, has been on the ground  here in Sochi this week looking for alliances and possible partners for games services they plan to get right to work and start promoting the international sports event. 

In January of 2015, the IWGA Executive Board in Lausanne selected the new host. Birmingham finally prevailed over their competitors Ufa, Russia and Lima, Peru after nearly a twelve-month bidding process. The work wasn't over, after being selected, representatives from Birmingham's bidding committee and the IWGA had to negotiate and agree on the final contractual details. Yesterday at the Annual General Meeting, the 37 IWGA member federations of the IWGA ratified the decision. Thus, Birmingham was officially announced the host city of the World Games 2021.    

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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