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Presentation of Candidates

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Presentation of the Candidates

Election of the IWGA Executive Committee, May 3, 2023 in Madrid

On May 3, 2023, the delegates of the member federations of the International World Games Association (IWGA) will decide on the composition of the IWGA Executive Committee for the term of office until 2026. The election is part of the agenda of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Madrid, Spain.

IWGA President José Perurena describes what the next three years will be like: “Since the 2017 World Games, the IWGA has been going through a period of transition. I expect the Executive Council to conclude this process with the 2025 Chengdu Games.” The IWGA gave candidates the opportunity to introduce themselves through a questionnaire and describe how they wanted to contribute to this change.

They were asked about their personal expertise and what their goals are when they become a member of the Executive Committee (ExCo). But there were also questions that relate to their vision of the Games: what makes a multisport event special and unique. A questionnaire with candidates’ answers has already been sent to member federations in preparation for the AGM. In the spirit of transparency, the IWGA also publishes each candidate’s election manifesto here.

He is the only presidential candidate Jose Perurena Lopez (ICFwho is running for re-election. Tom Dielen (Washington) AND Jörn Verleger (IFA) they are running for vice president because incumbent vice president Max Bishop is not seeking re-election. Lukasz Hinder (WDSF) is running for re-election as treasurer. For the four remaining positions on the Executive Board, the following shall vote: Anna Arzhanova (CMAS), Volker Bernardi (WFDF)AND Jan Fransoo (IKF) for re-election and John Liljelund (MFF), Jose Antonio Perez Priego (IWWF), Pablo Felipe Serna Cardenas (WSF) AND Joachim Thumfart (JJIF) as new candidates for the Executive Council.

A look at the answers given by each candidate reveals many similarities: for example, the concepts of sustainability and inclusion are mentioned as features of The World Games. As another challenge for the future, many candidates are looking for greater (media) awareness of the Games, but above all of the athletes. It is not without significance that for many participants the World Games is the most important event in their sport. The Games are a platform for non-Olympic sports and disciplines and a stage for new and developing sports. This reference also came up very often. Increasing the importance of The World Games is a concern for all applicants.

Despite all the similarities, there are differences in priorities: these include working with National Sports Organizations or NOCs, working with the host city, creating a grassroots movement in individual cities, and supporting member federations through the IWGA.

CEO José Perurena describes what The World Games is all about: “The best event you can find in the world of sport, if you want to organize trend-setting, inspiring multisport games at a reliable cost.”

World games is a multi-sport event organized every four years by the International World Games Association, organized with the support of the International Olympic Committee. The 2022 World Games took place in Birmingham, Alabama, USA from July 7-17, 2022. 3,600 athletes from 34 sports and 100 countries participated in the Games. The 12th edition of The World Games will be held in Chengdu, CHN in 2025.

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