Score one for wheelchair sports. The World Games, an international multi-sport event, which will next be presented in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2021, has announced that it will welcome athletes in wheelchairs to compete in the same arenas and venues as its able-bodied athletes.
This announcement is the first such in the The World Games’ 40 years history – and it means that ASBA members have the potential to see some venues being made accessible to spectators in wheelchairs since many events featuring such athletes tend to draw a fan base from the community that supports it.
While discussions about which sports will be included, there are at least four that we know of: Basketball, Rugby, Lacrosse (a team that is not in the official program) and Duathlon. More information is expected to be forthcoming.
“This is a welcome development and expansion in the breadth of inclusivity in The World Games program”, says IWGA CEO Joachim Gossow and continues: “I look very much forward to welcoming wheelchair sports to our sports program. It is a unique event for all participants as well as for the spectators on site and on screen.”
The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 15-25 July 2021. 3,600 athletes from over 30 sports and 100 countries will take part in the Games.