Karate World and Olympic Games Champion, Sandra Sanchez (ESP)is declared president of the new one International World Games Association (IWGA) Athletes Committee. The committee will be appointed in early February, but Sanchez’s nomination was approved by the IWGA Executive Committee at its most recent meeting.
Sandra Sanchez won silver and gold at The World Games – silver in Wroclaw 2017, followed by gold in Birmingham 2022, her last fight before retiring from karate. She was named the athlete of the day on day two of the 2022 Games. In her karate debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Sanchez won gold and acted as Spain’s standard-bearer at the closing ceremony.
“We are very fortunate to have a motivated, positive and resourceful athlete like Sandra Sanchez as president of our new Athletes Committee,” said IWGA President José Perurena. “The World Games are basically about athletes; we want to give our athletes the international stage they deserve. Therefore, it is natural that we appoint the Sports Committee. And who better to lead it than a recent World and Olympic champion with a long and extensive career in one of the sports, who has been with us since the beginning in 1981!”
The composition of the Athletes’ Committee will be published in early February.
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.