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TWG 2017: IFF President Foreword – 26.07.2017

Dear Sports Friends,

The World Games has started, and finally on July 27-30 Floorball is on! During four exciting days with six Floorball nations from the host country Poland, and Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA, will compete over the first historic medals during The World Games. Good luck all!

The World Games has more than 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and 111 countries will take part in the biggest sport event ever staged in Poland, under the patronage of the IOC. From Floorball, 84 athletes will be present. The largest number of athletes comes from the host country Poland, with 218 athletes or teams. But France is not far from this number with its 193 athletes/teams, being second largest ahead of Italy (167) in third place. Russia and Germany will both send 139 athletes or teams to Wroclaw, and the biggest non-European country is the USA with 125 athletes/teams. Take the golden opportunity to meet with other sports athletes during the games, in particular in the Athletes Village. We as a Floorball family can definitely learn and share knowledge with the other sports on the program. The official sports at The World Games 2017 are: Air Sports, Archery, Beach Handball, Billiards, Boules Sport, Bowling, Canoeing, Dance Sport, Fistball, Floorball, Flying Disc, Gymnastics, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Korfball, Lacrosse, Life Saving, Muaythai, Orienteering, Powerlifting, Roller Sports, Sport Climbing, Squash, Sumo, Tug of War, Underwater Sports, and Water Ski & Wakeboard. With the patronage by the IOC and the IOC President based on Agenda 2020, the importance with The World Games as a starting point for the road to the Olympics is essential, let us present our sport on all levels in the very best way.

The coverage of the games is huge, so also in the Floorball competition, where all matches will be streamed, and the coverage is big through the good co-operation between the IOC, and IWGA and IFF on the Olympic Channel. Do not miss to tune in if you are not present live in Wroclaw. As we speak the Floorball competition is already a success with sell-outs last three days of the competition, not all competing sports on TWG can show that already in advance of the games.

I would like to convey big thanks to the International World Games Association, its President Mr. Perurena, for having us on The World Games, also big thanks to the NOC of Poland, to its President Mr. Krasnicki for your support, and the Polish Floorball Association President Mr. Chomnicki as organizer, and to Poland as a nation and to the beautiful city of Wroclaw for being an excellent host!
Let The World Games in Floorball begin!

Tomas Eriksson
IFF President