American Football as Invited Sport in the World Games 2017
American football, speedway, kickboxing and indoor rowing are the disciplines approved by the authorities of International World Games Association (IWGA), that awards the rights to organize The World Games. Those disciplines were previously indicated by the host city of the games, that will be held in the capital of Lower Silesia.
Piotr Przygonski, the President of the The World Games 2017 Wroclaw Organizing Committee of the 10th World Games said: - We would like to sign agreements with the four chosen federations by mid-May at the latest. The sooner, the better as it will allow us to precisely plan the programme of the games. I would like to congratulate the Polish American Football Association. Your discipline was on our list since the beginning. The decision was influenced by the dynamic development of the sport during the last few years, and the fact that Wroclaw team is one of the strongest in the country. We count on strong cooperation in terms of media, organization and sport. I believe that together, we can achieve impressive success.
"It is another great news for our discipline. For the past two years Polish League of American Football has been establishing the highest standards of organizing football events in Europe. I am convinced that the tournament in Wroclaw will bring enormous success", commented Tommy Wiking, the President of International Federation of American Football (IFAF)
"Polish National Team in American football is a very fresh enterprise. It was created in the beginning of 2013, just a few months ahead of the eight season of PLFA. We are enchanted with the opportunity, but we also feel big responsibility. There are three years of intense preparations ahead of us, as the best world teams will compete in this tournament" said Jedrzej Steszewski, the President of the Polish American Football Association.
Invited sports are the disciplined that are not included in official programme of the Games, and their World Federations are not members of IWGA. The participants will be treated according to the same rules as participants of official programme's disciplines. However, the results of invited sports competitions will not be included in the final medal classification.
TWG 2017 official programme
The list of almost 40 disciplines that were placed in the official programme of The World Games 2017 was announced last week. The decision was made during the meeting of SportAccord Convention, that took place in a Turkish city of Belek. The chosen sports include (among others): archery, pool and snooker, bowling, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, sumo, powerlifting, sport dance, sport climbing and karate.