April 17, 2018 –
Racquetball returns to the World Games! The official Sports Program for The World Games 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama was recently announced at the Annual General Meeting of the International World Games Association (IWGA), which is taking place during the SportAccord summit in Bangkok, Thailand. In total, over 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries will compete in 30 official sports. This will be the first time The World Games will be in the United States since 1981.
“Racquetball and Softball will return to the programme of The World Games,” announced Joachim Gossow, CEO of the IWGA. Racquetball was last played as an official sport at The World Games in 2013 but was one of the inaugural events in 1981, its 40th anniversary. Thirty official sports will be showcased at the multi-sport event, which will be held from 15 to 25 July 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama.
About the IRF
The International Racquetball Federation is the international governing body of the sport of racquetball under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee. Founded in 1979, the IRF provides governance, rules, and leadership to its 83 national federation members. A member of GAISF beginning in 1980 and recognized by the IOC in 1985, the IRF offers three events annually and one, the IRF World Championships, biennially. It is the international umbrella organization for racquetball over the Olympic Chain of events such as the Pan American Games, World Games, Central American Games, Central American and Caribbean Games, and IRF Regional competitions.
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