LAUSANNE, November 5, 2018 – The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) announced on Monday that, after a thorough evaluation process, Los Angeles has been selected to host the inaugural World Urban Games in 2019 and the second edition in 2021.
The agreement for the 2021 edition is conditional on the success of the 2019 event.
The Los Angeles bid was one of two to make the final cut along with Budapest. The decision was made by the GAISF Council meeting in Lausanne.
GAISF Senior vice President Dr Raffaele Chiulli praised both bids and congratulated Los Angeles on its successful proposal.
He said: “The first World Urban Games will be a historic event and we are confident that we couldn’t have a better host than the city of Los Angeles.
“LA is a young, vibrant and creative city which has helped to shape youth culture and the urban sports which are the very heart of the World Urban Games.
“These Games will be a five-day festival combining new-generation sports, music and culture and LA promises a huge welcome for the world’s leading urban sports athletes and fans from across the world.
“In awarding the first three editions of the World Urban Games to Los Angeles and with the commitment of an Organising Committee supported by the Los Angeles Times organisation, we are confident that we have given our new competition the best possible start in life. Los Angeles will give it the opportunity to become established, flourish and become a key part of the international sports calendar for many years to come.
“I would like to thank the International Federations who have engaged so enthusiastically with the project and who, along with the city, will be delivering the World Urban Games in just 10 months.
“The World Urban Games project was the vision of our late President Patrick Baumann and his hard-work and positivity are the reason we are in apposition to make today’s announcement. Now we are fully focused on working with the city of Los Angeles, the Organising Committee and International Federations to make Patrick’s vision a reality.”
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, chairman and CEO of NantWorks and owner and executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times, will chair the World Urban Games L.A. Organizing Committee.
He said: “We are honoured that the GAISF council chose Los Angeles and we’re excited to bring youth-focused sports competitions to the community.
“The World Urban Games multi-sport concept brings the Olympic Movement and International Federations into this next generation of sports. Together with GAISF and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), we will support the further development of sports programs to highlight the evolving youth sports landscape.”
Organised by International Federations under the auspices of GAISF, the World Urban Games will present up to 700 athletes in 7 urban sports. Competition events will include 3×3 Basketball (FIBA), BMX Freestyle (UCI), Sports Climbing Bouldering (IFSC), Break Dance (WDSF), Freestyle Flying Disc (WFDF), Parkour (FIG), Skateboard Street and Park (World Skate) Roller Freestyle (World Skate). In addition to these competitions, an urban sports showcase will feature up to 100 athletes in at least four other disciplines.
The Organising Committee plans to stage the event near the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in a central, compact location accessible by public transportation and close to freeways. A purpose-built urban park will be constructed in El Segundo in time for the inaugural event, to ensure sustainability and facilitate continued engagement with the local communities. The spirit of both the competition and the festival will reflect the best in youth-driven sports, urban culture and community engagement.
The World Urban Games concept created significant excitement among cities around the world when it was launched earlier this year at Sportaccord in Bangkok. Despite the tight and demanding timescale, four cities engaged in the award process to host the inaugural event in 2019.
The Games send a clear signal that GAISF remains determined to provide a global showcase for member federations whose sports – or their derivatives – require additional critical mass to gain public and media attention