The International Word Games Association has given preliminary consideration to integrating disabled athletes in The World Games 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama. As IWGA is in the run up to this year’s event, The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland, serious discussions will get under way immediately afterwards.
As the profile of para-sports has risen, IWGA has considered how to include the disabled athletes of its Member Federations in the future. “We are well on our way to developing a concept which opens our multi-sports event for these athletes,” explained IWGA CEO Joachim Gossow. An independent investigation in 2016 addressed the topic in regard to existing and possible concepts of sport events. Distinguished experts from the Olympic movement as well as its main stakeholders were consulted. The concept of having disabled and able-bodied athletes competing at the same place and the same time is very common in the World Cup events of IWGA’s Member Federations and strongly recommended by the experts.