GAISF annoUnces spOrts foR Inaugural worlD uRban gameS budaPest 2019
The sports programme for the upcoming World Urban Games Budapest 2019 was revealed today, with six competition sports and two showcase sports making up the exciting and diverse inaugural programme.
3×3 basketball, BMX freestyle park, breaking, freestyle flying disc, parkour and freestyle roller skate have been chosen as the competition sports, while laser run and indoor rowing will feature as showcase sports.
The varied sports programme is a reflection of GAISF’s vision for the Games, providing a global stage for it’s International Federations to highlight their emerging sports disciplines. The pioneering event presents a great opportunity for IFs to reach a new generation of fans in urban communities.
GAISF leader Raffaele Chiulli said:
“The World Urban Games programme for Budapest 2019 presents a global stage for emerging disciplines, as well as an opportunity for world-class athletes to demonstrate their abilities and for people in urban areas to take a proactive role in sport. I have no doubt that the Hungarian capital will be the perfect arena.
“GAISF is working closely with the Local Organising Committee and with our International Federations to ensure that the World Urban Games Budapest 2019 will be an incredible event that inspires a new generation of fans.”
The World Urban Games Budapest 2019, powered by GAISF, will take place from 13-15 September. In addition to the competition and showcase sports, demonstrations of music, dance and urban culture will also feature as part of the three-day event.
World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) President Shawn Tay said:
“Breaking is a spectacular, energetic, fresh and entertaining sport that not only has the power to inspire youth, but also offers a great spectator experience for all. We are sure that breaking will find its space and fit well into the spirit of the World Urban Games. Breaking represents a true urban sport; it is part of a new trend, and has the possibility to engage the community through social, cultural and educational activities.”
International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) President Morinari Watanabe said:
“We are delighted that parkour is part of this new, prestigious event, which is a wonderful opportunity for the sport to reach people directly in the city. As gymnastics is a foundation sport, parkour helps to cultivate essential physical and mental skills. This sporting discipline is very appealing, especially for kids, who can learn how to overcome obstacles and by doing so, get the feeling to be strong.”
Members of the GAISF organising team are in Budapest this week to visit the city and take part in an orientation seminar. They will also spend time with the LOC to outline the major milestones in the lead up to the Games.
The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) was founded in 1967.
GAISF’s vision is to be the united voice of sports, protecting and promoting the interests of International Federations. It’s mission is to serve, represent, promote and protect the common interests of our Members and to help them achieve their global objectives.
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