By Emily Goddard
July 17 - Cali 2013 has unveiled its programme for the World Games, with gymnastics, billiards, karate, powerlifting and squash being just some the 31 sports featuring over the 11 days of competition in the Colombian city.
Sessions will run from 0800 to 2000 each day throughout the Games, which take place from July 25 to August 4, and Saturday July 27 will be the busiest day of the programme, with finals in figure skating, gymnastics, sumo, karate, rescue and fin swimming all being contested.
Billiards, inline hockey and softball – which is currently bidding to make it onto the Olympic programme – will take place each day from July 25-30, taking five days to reach the finals, while korfball will run from July 30 to August 4.
Gymnastics features the most disciplines of any sport at the World Games and stage 22 medal events in rhythmic, aerobic, acrobatic, trampoline and tumbling at the El Pueblo Coliseum.
Orienteering will be held across three different sites – El Ingenio Park, the Departamental Club and Eco Parque de la Salud – according to the requirements of the international federation, with competition taking place from August 1 through to August 4.
The Evangelista Mora Coliseum is set to be one of the busiest venues during the Games, with either karate, ju-jitsu or wushu events taking place there on each day of the Games bar July 31.
Sumo is one of the most eagerly awaited sports of the programme and although there will be no television coverage tickets have already sold out for the event.
Nineteen of the 26 official World Games sports will be broadcast live on television.
First held in Santa Clara, California in 1981, the World Games are organised by International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognised body the International World Games Association (IWGA).
The last edition of the event – which IWGA President Ron Froehlich declared as the "best games ever" – took place in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 2009 and attracted a record 6,000 athletes and officials from 103 nations.
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