9th World Games
Cali (COL), July 25 – August 4, 2013
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, May 31, 2013: In exactly 55 days from today, on July 25, the 9th World Games will kick off in Cali, Colombia. Governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA) and recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Games provide a unique setting for thousands of athletes from different sports and countries to join in a celebration of unity and friendship across all boundaries. The Games are held quadrennially in the years following the Olympic Games.
Top athletes from 38 sports will compete over 11 days in Colombia’s third largest city, Cali, which hosts the multi-sport Games this year together with two other municipalities in the Cauca Valley, in western Colombia.
Represented by four disciplines - Rhythmic, Trampoline, Acrobatic and Aerobic - and staging a total of twenty-two medal events, Gymnastics is one of the major sports featured at the World Games. A striking line-up flaunts over 300 gymnasts from 33 different countries, all travelling to Cali next month. All Gymnastics events will take place at the El Pueblo Coliseum that was opened in 1971 for the Pan American Games and that is located in the southwest part of Cali.
Let’s take a closer look at the programme:
Individual Rhythmic Gymnastics was introduced to the World Games in Akita (JPN) in 2001 and is the only gymnastic discipline represented at both Olympic and World Games. In contrast to the Olympic Games, the World Games include an Apparatus Final format instead of an All-around competition.
The competition features preliminary rounds on Hoop, Ball, Clubs and Ribbon with a quota of 24 gymnasts having qualified for this event at the 2011 World Championships in Montpellier (FRA). The top eight ranked gymnasts with a maximum of two per federation advance to the Apparatus Finals.
July 24 Podium Training
July 25 Podium Training
July 26 Qualifications and Finals on Hoop and Ball
July 27 Qualifications and Finals on Clubs and Ribbon
Tumbling, Individual and Synchronised Trampoline are the oldest gymnastic disciplines in the World Games; they debuted in the event at its premier edition in 1981 in Santa Clara (USA). Double Mini-trampoline joined the Games in 2001 and the Individual event was taken off the programme when the discipline went Olympic in 2000.
A total of 88 male and female competitors will participate in the Trampoline tournaments in Cali: 48 in Synchronised, 20 in Double Mini-trampoline and 20 in Tumbling. All qualified at the 2011 World Championships in Birmingham (GBR).
The preliminary rounds qualify the top eight ranked gymnasts or pairs with a maximum of one per federation and discipline for the finals.
Acrobatic Gymnastics first appeared on the 1993 World Games programme in The Hague (NED) and has since wowed the spectators of this multi-sport event. Over three days, Acrobatic competitions alternate with trampoline events at the El Pueblo Coliseum and are expected to bring a unique energy to the venue.
A quota of 78 acrobats divvied up into six pairs or groups per discipline will compete in the Women’s, Mixed and Men’s Pairs categories as well as Women’s Groups and Men’s Groups. The latter are composed of three and four gymnasts respectively.
Acrobats having qualified for the World Games at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Buena Vista (USA) aim for one of the four spots in the finals per discipline where they will perform one combined exercise as opposed to one dynamic and one balance exercise in qualifications.
Schedule TRA and ACRO
July 28 Podium Training
July 29 Qualifications and Finals for ACRO Women’s Pairs, Mixed Pairs and TRA Synchro Men
July 30 Qualifications and Finals for ACRO Men’s Pairs, Women’s Groups, Tumbling Men and Women
July 31 Qualifications and Finals for ACRO Men’s Groups, Double Mini-trampoline Men and Women, TRA Synchro Women
Initially introduced to the World Games programme in 1997 in Lahti (FIN), Aerobic Gymnastics will see two new disciplines on display in Cali: Aerobic Step and Aerobic Dance. These will complement the traditional disciplines of Individual Men, Individual Women, Mixed Pairs, Trios and Groups. Apart from the Individual categories with nine and eight entries for men and women respectively, all disciplines feature six units with a total quota of 144 Aerobic gymnasts, the largest number for Gymnastics in Cali.
The World Games qualification for Aerobic Gymnastics took place at the 2012 World Championships in Sofia (BUL), and finals in Cali will include the top four units in each category with a maximum of one per federation and discipline.
August 1 Podium Training
August 2 Qualifications for Individual Men, Mixed Pairs, Aerobic Step, Aerobic Dance; Finals for Individual Men, Mixed Pairs, Aerobic Dance
August 3 Qualifications for Individual Women, Trios, Groups; Finals for Individual Women, Trios, Aerobic Step, Groups
The drawing of lots for the Gymnastics disciplines at The World Games 2013 Cali will be held at the FIG Office in Lausanne (SUI) on June 13, 2013, at 9:00 am CEST.
Find more information on the 9th World Games in Cali on the event website at www.theworldgames2013.com, follow the organisers on Twitter @twg2013 and Facebook and stay tuned with us for updates on Gymnastics events in Cali!