BUDAPEST: The official sports programme for the World Urban Games Budapest 2019 has been unveiled, with one month to go until the inaugural event.
The Games, powered by GAISF, will take place from 12-15 September and feature competition and showcase sports.
The opening day’s competition schedule will feature women’s BMX freestyle qualification in the morning, with the men’s qualification in the afternoon, as well as 3×3 basketball group games and qualification competitions for roller freestyle, parkour, breaking and flying disc freestyle.
On Saturday, the flying disc freestyle 2nd round begins alongside the women’s speed for all parkour qualification.
The finals begin on Saturday afternoon with the men’s roller freestyle, the men’s and women’s flying disc freestyle, parkour (women’s freestyle, men’s speed for all) and men’s and women’s breaking.
The final day of competition will conclude with finals in the men’s and women’s BMX freestyle, parkour (men’s freestyle, women’s speed for all) and the 3×3 basketball.
Local Organising Committee Chairman Balázs Fürjes said: “Preparations are progressing according to schedule. Following four major world championships in Budapest in 2019, the World Urban Games will be the ultimate test of many future Olympic sports before Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles.
“I am convinced that the athletes, fans and all our guests will enjoy every moment of the very first edition of the World Urban Games.”
The Games will take place at the Nagyvásártelep (Market Hall) in the south of Budapest, just 15 minutes from the city centre. The whole area, originally built in the 1930s, is being regenerated specifically for the World Urban Games.
As well as the competitions, there will be a number of demonstration events providing opportunities for spectators of all ages and abilities to try new sports.
One of the aims of the World Urban Games is to take urban sports to a new dimension and inspire a new generation of athletes around the world by creating a complete festival of urban culture, dance, music and sport.
GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli said:
“One of the pillars of GAISF is to create multi-sport events which act as a launch platform for new sports disciplines, and we are seeing this vision realised in Budapest.
“With just one month to go, we have a dynamic and exciting sports programme and I am very much looking forward to seeing the Games come to life. This accomplishment is one that has been many years in the making, and I would like to congratulate the Local Organising Committee and the GAISF team for their hard work in making this dream a reality.”
The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) was founded in 1967.
Its vision for itself is to be “the united voice of sports, protecting and promoting the interests of International Federations.” It describes its mission as being “to serve, represent, promote and protect the common interests of our members and to help them achieve their global objectives.”
More information: https://wugbudapest.sport/.