By Paul Osborne
The dates of the 2017 World Games in Wrocław, Poland have been brought forward by two weeks in order to avoid a conflict with other major sporting events, it has been announced.
The decision comes after a formal request from the Wrocław Organising Committee who explained that these new dates would prevent a scheduling conflict with other major events and underlined the evident advantage of getting better media coverage when staging the quadrennial event at the end of July.
In his letter to the participating federations, José Perurena informed them that the Executive Committee had discussed this request intensely, and after consultation with IWGA's media and marketing partners had decided to accept the Wrocław Organising Committee's request.
A move away from the early weeks of August will mean the World Games 2017 avoid a clash with the International Association of Athletics Federations' flagship event - the World Athletics Championships.
The World Games - under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee - are a quadrennial and multidisciplinary sports event, which showcase more than 25 sports which are not part of the Olympic Movement, such as acrobatic gymnastics, squash, tug of war, sumo and roller sports.
About 4,500 athletes and officials from approximately 100 countries take part in The World Games.
The last edition was held in Cali, Colombia from July 25 to August 5, 2013.
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