Waterskiing and wakeboarding events at next year’s World Games in Wrocław will take place on the River Oder, it has been announced following a visit of the Coordination Committee for the event.
The International World Games Association (IWGA) has confirmed the sports will be held on a branch of the river in order to secure “better conditions for the athletes”.
They claim the decision to host waterskiing and wakeboarding competitions at the Games, due to run from July 20 to 30, “minimises the impact of the waves” during the event.
Further co-operation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was also discussed during the Commission’s visit.
It was attended by Jennifer Mann, the head of sport, partnerships and coordination at the IOC, as well as a host of IWGA officials, including President José Perurena, Vice President Max Bishop, honorary president Ron Froehlich and chief executive Joachim Gossow.
“Having Mann with us shows the support and the active collaboration of the IOC with a view to the upcoming 10th edition of our event,” Perurena said.
Organisers claim the one-day meeting provoked “substantial discussion”, while the Organising Committee gave several presentations on Games preparations.
“Sophisticated” 3D interactive models of the venues were shown to the Committee, who also presented plans for the ticketing system for the Games.
Further details on tickets are due to be released in the near future.
Opening and closing ceremonies concepts, accreditation, timing and result services, medical services, health insurance, catering and accommodation were also discussed at the meeting.
“We have already taken all the key decisions concerning the organization of the World Games 2017,” Organising Committee President Marcin Przychodny said.
“We did it with great help from IWGA’s expertise and we believe that our agreed choices will guarantee the realisation of our ambitious goals.”
The 2017 World Games were originally due to be held from August 3 to 13 but were moved to July 20 to 30 in order to avoid a clash with the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in London.
Wrocław was awarded the Games in 2012, beating off opposition from Hungary's capital Budapest, now a candidate city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.