Cape Town set to launch World Games 2017 bid

The City of Cape Town will forge ahead with the preparation and submission of a a World Games 2017 candidature, subject to Council and Government approval. The multi-disciplinary sporting event which includes all non-Olympic sports is held every 4 years and organized by the International World Games Association (IWG), under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Previous host cities include a list of fairly unknown cities including Kaohsiung in Chinese Taipei, Duisburg in Germany and Akita in Japan. The 2013 event will be staged in Cali in Colombia, another fairly unknown city begging the question, why are we bidding?

How large is this event?

The 2009 edition made use of;

  • 21 venues and included 37 sports
  • 4,600 volunteers
  • 280,000 tickets sold
  • 3,400  athletes
  • 1,500 officials

Which sports are currently included?

  1. Artistic and Dance Sport: Aerobics, Tumbling and Dance
  2. Ball sports: Rugby 7’s, Squash, Beach Handball, Softball (?)
  3. Martial Arts: Karate, Wusho, Jiu Jitsu
  4. Precision Sports: Archery, Bowling, Billiards
  5. Strength Sports: Body Building, Powerlifting, Tug of war
  6. Trend Sports: Climbing, Lifesaving, Roller Hockey

    How are these Games different to the Olympic Games?

    • Olympic Games has major infrastructure requirement which may see little use and high maintenance costs after the Games
    • IWG format is based on viablity and sustainability
    • Host Cities make use of existing venues with no new venues required to be built for the Games i.e. no significant infrastructure investment required
    • Host City revenues from broadcasting and commercial rights
    • No Athletes Village is constructed. Athletes and officials are housed in existing hotels, unviersity residences and other forms of accommodation

      Which venues in Cape Town could host this event?

      • Cape Town Stadium
      • CTICC
      • Green Point Athletics Stadium
      • Proposed Newlands Aquatic Centre
      • Proposed Green Point Tennis Centre
      • Turfhall Softball Stadium
      • Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium
      • Bellville Velodrome
      • Good Hope Centre
      • OR Tambo Hall
      • Belhar Indoor Hall
      • Bellville Bowling Club
      • Sea Point and Bellville Swimming Pool
      • Camps Bay Beach
      • Table Mountain
      • Tokai Forest

      The Finances

      1. The Host City assumes full financial responsibility for the organization and staging of the Games including an agreement to underwrite any shortfall
      2. Surplus or profits from event shared between IWG and Host City
      3. Joint Ownership of commercial and marketing rights
      4. A bid fee of $50,000 (75% refunded if unsuccessful)
      5. Host City pays R6.1 million over 4 years to IWG
      6. The City of Cape Town estimates that the total cost of organizing and staging the event to be R500 million which excludes any capital investments in infrastructure already planned or proposed

      What next?

      1. Council approval required
      2. Engage with provincial and national government
      3. Engage with SASCOC and relevant sports federations


      31 May 2011 – Submissiong of bid Application Questionnarie Document

      30 June 2011 – Selection of Candidate Host Cities

      01 July 2011 – 30 October 2011 – Evaluation visit by IWG

      31 December 2011 – Announcement of Host City

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