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The World Games preparations continue – 30.03.2017
Wroclaw is busy getting ready for The World Games 2017 in July, and the IFF recently visited to meet with the local organising committee to help finalise preparations for Floorball.
IFF Secretary General, John Liljelund, and IFF Event Manager, Sarah Mitchell, spent two days visiting the WKK Arena, which will host the Floorball competition, as well as the Wroclaw Organising Committee´s (WOC) office. With just over three months until The World Games begin there was lots to discuss. The setup of the arena was confirmed, logistic details for transport and accommodation for the teams and IFF officials were planned, as well as discussing ideas for the promotion of Floorball in Wroclaw both before and during TWG.
Pictured left to right: John Liljelund (IFF Secretary General), Ewa Jaszek (WOC Competitions Coordinator), Sarah Mitchell (IFF Event Manager), Grzegorz Pyzałka (WOC Sport Director), Andrzej Kołodziej (WOC Venue Manager), Alicja Nowicka (WOC Sport Manager)
As this is the first time that Floorball has been an official sport on The World Games program there are a lot of organisational matters that are new for the IFF. John Liljelund was very pleased with the meetings - "We were able to solve a lot of issues and are confident of delivering a world-class event in co-operation with WOC and the IWGA."
The IFF met with staff from several organisational departments - accreditation, marketing, ceremonies, medical, sport, ticketing, and transport. With 31 different sports to plan for, all with their own individual needs for their competition and athletes, the logistics are enormous.
"The meetings we held were very beneficial for both the IFF & WOC. We were able to provide each other with essential information to assist our planning for the event in the coming months. It is clear that the organising committee are committed to helping Floorball, and all the sports, to deliver the best possible event. We are really looking forward to being part of TWG in July." Sarah Mitchell, IFF Event Manager
About The World Games
The World Games (TWG) is a multi-sport event, organised by the International World Games Association (IWGA).
The World Games 2017 is an event that means more than 30 sport disciplines such as various water, aerial or team sports. It means a few thousand athletes who will visit Wrocław to compete in new and renovated sport facilities. It means thousands of fans who will follow their steps. It means a festival of sport, to which all are invited.
10 days of competition. 3600 athletes. Over 100 countries. 27 official & 4 invitational sports. Over 20 sports venues. TV broadcasting to over 120 countries.
Floorball at The World Games
Floorball first participated at TWG in Lahti in 1997 as an invitational sport, however, in Wroclaw in 2017, Floorball will be an official medal sport for the first time.
At TWG 2017, the Floorball competition will be held over 4 days, from 27th - 30th July, and will involve 6 men´s teams divided into two groups of 3. Due to limits placed on each sport regarding the number of participants, each team will have only 14 players and up to 4 officials. There will be a total of 11 matches, with match time being 3 x 15mins (effective time). Play-off & medal matches will have 10 minutes extra time + penalty shots.
TWG TV: channel.theworldgames.org/