The World Beach Games, to be held in San Diego this October, is about to get hot competition. The World Urban Games, which celebrate what are being called “urban sports,” will be celebrated in Los Angeles in 2019 and 2021.
The Games are expected to include about 700 athletes competing in both non-traditional and emerging Olympic disciplines such as skateboarding, three-on-three basketball and BMX freestyle. They will be held in October, about one week before the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games in San Diego.
Other sports are expected to be roller skating, bouldering, flying disc (it has not been made clear whether this is Ultimate, disc golf or another discipline), break dancing and parkour. eSports may be included as well.
L.A. edged out Budapest (an also-ran for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics) for hosting honors – although organizers note the City of Angels’ ability to host the 2021 Games is dependent upon its success in 2019. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will be held in the El Segundo section of L.A. (El Segundo is near Los Angeles International Airport as well as public transit – something that helped L.A.’s bid for the event.)
Are any ASBA members expecting to work on the World Urban Games venues? ASBA wants to know!