Los Angeles has been selected to host the inaugural World Urban Games in 2019 and the second edition in 2021.
The decision was announced in Lausanne yesterday by the Global Association of International Sports Federations, and marks a new global event that Ireland could certainly consider the hosting potential of in future years.
The Los Angeles bid was one of two to make the final cut along with the Hungarian capital Budapest. The unanimous decision was made by the GAISF Council meeting in Lausanne.
“The first World Urban Games will be a historic event and we are confident LA will be a great host,” said GAISF Senior vice President Dr Raffaele Chiulli.
“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 two editions of the World Urban Games to Los Angeles and with the commitment of a well structured local organising committee, we are confident that we have given our new competition the best possible start in life. Los Angeles will give it the opportunity to flourish and become an established part of the international sports calendar for many years to come.”
The Games will bring together up to 700 athletes in 7 urban sports. Competition events will include 3×3 Basketball, BMX Freestyle, Sports Climbing and Bouldering, Break Dance, Freestyle Flying Disc, Parkour, and Skateboarding.
In addition to these competitions, an urban sports showcase will feature up to 100 athletes in at least four other disciplines.
The Organising Committee has also announced plans around the staging of the event in a central, compact location accessible by public transportation and close to freeways.
A purpose-built urban park will be constructed in the El Segundo area of the city, near Los Angeles International Airport in time for the inaugural event, to ensure sustainability and facilitate continued engagement with the local communities.
It is a competition that Dublin should watch with interest with a view to bidding to stage future editions.
We pride ourselves on having a creative youth culture, we have hosted the One Young World Conference in the past and the compact nature of the timetable and the events themselves, none of which require the major infrastructure demands of more established major sports events.
Who knows, maybe we will be able to bring the world’s sporting attention to Dublin, Belfast, Cork or Limerick in 2023.