2009 World Games

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2009 World Games Kaohsiung.svg
MottoTop Sports – High Spirits
Host city Kaohsiung, Taiwan
under the IWGA Designation: Chinese Taipei
MottoTop Sports – High Spirits
Nations participating101
Athletes participating4,800 approx.
Events165 (35 sports)
Opening ceremony 16 July 2009
Closing ceremony26 July 2009
Officially opened by President Ma Ying-jeou
Main venue Kaohsiung National Stadium
  2005
2013  

The 2009 World Games, the eighth edition of the World Games, were an international multi-sport event held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (under the name Chinese Taipei) from 16 July 2009 to 26 July 2009. The games featured sports that are not contested in the Olympic Games.

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Nearly 6,000 athletes, officials, coaches, referees and others from 101 countries participated in the 2009 Kaohsiung World Games, setting a record high for the multi-sport competition. The International World Games Association (IWGA) President Ron Froehlich praised the July 16–26 games as the "best games ever." [1]

Emblem

The design of the emblem for The World Games 2009 is based on the first Chinese character in the city’s name. The character " kao" (高) means high or superior in English. The toponym stylized as a multicolored ribbon aims to create an atmosphere of festivity and celebration. The warm colors, orange and magenta, at the top and green and blue at the bottom symbolize the sun rising over the ocean and mirror Kaohsiung well: a passionate city with plenty of sunshine – a vibrant metropolis by the sea.

Mascots

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Gao Mei (高妹) and Syong Ge (雄哥) are named after the host city, Kaohsiung (according to Tongyong Pinyin). They are intended to personify it as "a city of the sea and the sun", to emphasize "ecology and environmental protection", and to symbolize the "friendliness and hospitality" of the city's residents. [2]

Opening ceremony

World Games 2009 opening ceremony. Kaohsiung World Games Opening Ceremony.JPG
World Games 2009 opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony, on July 16, was held in the Main Stadium, and involved 4,000 performers. It was designed to provide "a platform for the world to understand Taiwan better", and focused on music, dancing and depictions of Taiwanese culture, including its aboriginal culture. The ceremony was watched by an estimated 100 million people worldwide. [3]

Among the foreign dignitaries in attendance was the President of Nauru, Marcus Stephen, one of Taiwan's diplomatic allies and himself a former athlete, having won seven gold medals in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games. [4]

Although China had sent athletes to compete, they were absent from the opening ceremony, reportedly due to Ma Ying-jeou inaugurating the Games in his capacity as the head of state. [5]

News Conference

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu said the city has shown "soft" power in staging The World Games that concluded and praised Kaohsiung residents for their passion in participating in the event. The mayor spoke at a news conference held after the closing ceremony during which International World Games Association (IWGA) President Ron Froehlich praised the July 16–26 games as the "best games ever." [1]

Chen noted that after the city was awarded the right to host the Games in 2005, it was determined to make it a success, and she said the city showed "confidence and competence" in staging the first international sports event held in Taiwan after "numerous daunting coordination challenges." She also praised the maturity of Kaohsiung residents, saying that their enthusiastic participation and passionate cheering for athletes from every country was "touching." Revenues from ticket sales at The World Games have been initially estimated at NT$65 million. Chen noted Froehlich's praise of Kaohsiung, which she said has displayed friendship, cooperation and community participation, and offered her best wishes to Cali, Colombia, which will host the next World Games in 2013.

She said Kaohsiung is an open, rich and pluralistic city that respects human rights and tolerates different views and political stances as long as they are expressed in a peaceful manners. Concerning the absence of the athletes from China, which was reported to be a boycott, from the opening and closing ceremonies of The World Games, she said that as a big country, she expected it to show more grace and tolerance.

Participants

Sports

Official sports

The 2009 World Games programme featured 31 official sports, and 5 invitational sports. The numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events, which were contested in each sports discipline.

Invitational sports

Aikido was also one of the invitational sports, but it was deemed a demonstration sport; no medal events were held.

Doping

On 16 September 2009, the IWGA announced that there had been several doping violations at the recently completed 2009 Games. On 26 October 2009, the IWGA Anti-Doping Panel decided on punitive measures against five medal-winners (four bodybuilders and a sumo athlete). The measures included the stripping of three gold and two silver medals, as well as lifetime bans from The World Games for three bodybuilders. [6] The IWGA has made no announcement of reallocation of the forfeited bodybuilding medals. The International Sumo Federation reallocated the medals for the affected sumo event. [7] In 2010, all medals in the sport of bodybuilding were removed from the medal table at the host organizer's website (worldgames2009.tw, "The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung"), which is now archived. [8] [9] However, all medals as first bestowed still appear at The World Games website (theworldgames.org) in both look-up and full result reports. [10] [11] The sport of bodybuilding has not appeared at a subsequent edition of The World Games.

Medal table

Official sports

The medal tally during the eighth World Games is as follows. Russia finished at the top of the final medal table. [6] [7] [12] Excluded are four bodybuilding medals forfeited for doping and not reallocated. In two events there were two bronze medals awarded because of ties for third-place: women's 100m finswimming and women's life saving combined relay.

  *   Host nation (Chinese Taipei)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)19131547
2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)16121341
3Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)1410529
4Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)138526
5Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)11141338
6Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  (UKR) [lower-alpha 1] 9121031
7Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE)*89724
8Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)661022
9Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea  (KOR)63514
10Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia  (AUS)510520
11Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)46919
12Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)45615
13Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia  (COL)45312
14Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)45211
15Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland  (SUI)3407
16Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA) [lower-alpha 1] 3238
17Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand  (NZL)24511
18Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)2417
19Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia  (SVK)2338
20Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)2316
21Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP)2305
22Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia  (SLO)2204
23Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)2125
24Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia  (CRO)2035
25Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia  (MGL)1304
26Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)1124
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)1124
28Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  (GRE)1113
29Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROU)1102
30Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia  (MAS)1034
31Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand  (THA)1023
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela  (VEN)1023
33Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina  (BIH)1012
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile  (CHI)1012
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN) [lower-alpha 2] 1012
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia  (INA)1012
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan  (KAZ)1012
38Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia  (EST)1001
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji  (FIJ)1001
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)1001
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam  (VIE)1001
42Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal  (POR)0202
43Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt  (EGY)0145
44Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)0123
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa  (RSA)0123
46Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan  (AZE)0112
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)0112
48Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)0101
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN)0101
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic  (DOM)0101
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong  (HKG)0101
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania  (LTU)0101
53Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey  (TUR)0033
54Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro  (MNE)0022
55Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus  (BLR)0011
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL)0011
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic  (CZE)0011
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel  (ISR)0011
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg  (LUX)0011
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines  (PHI)0011
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates  (UAE)0011
Totals (61 nations)162163165490
  1. 1 2 In 2009, Ukraine was stripped of two gold medals in bodybuilding for doping, and Qatar and Brazil were each stripped of a silver medal. This table does not include those stripped medals, and neither does it include possible reallocation of those medals, as the results at the World Games website do not reflect a reallocation. [6]
  2. Hungary was stripped of a gold medal in sumo for doping. This table reflects the reallocation of medals specified by the International Sumo Federation. [6] [7]

Invitational sports

  *   Host nation (Chinese Taipei)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)8008
2Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)6219
3Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE)*35210
4Flag of Iran.svg  Iran  (IRI)2114
5Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)1214
6Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)1012
7Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)1001
8Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)0314
9Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam  (VIE)0224
10Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong  (HKG)0213
11Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland  (SUI)0202
12Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia  (CRO)0112
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)0112
14Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines  (PHI)0101
15Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)0022
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia  (MAS)0022
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea  (KOR)0022
18Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia  (INA)0011
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore  (SIN)0011
Totals (19 nations)22222064

Calendar

In the following calendar for The World Games 2009, each blue box represents an event competition, such as a qualification round, on that day. The yellow boxes represent days during which medal-awarding finals for a sport were held. Each bullet in these boxes is an event final, the number of bullets per box representing the number of finals that were contested on that day. On the left the calendar lists each sport with events held during the Games, and at the right how many gold medals were won in that sport. There is a key at the top of the calendar to aid the reader. [13]

     As Invitational sport

  Opening ceremony  Event competitions  Event finals  Closing ceremony
July 200916
Thu
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Fri
18
Sat
19
Sun
20
Mon
21
Tue
22
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Gold
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Ceremonies
Air sports parachuting     ●●●●●5
Field archery   ●●●●
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6
Beach handball   ●●2
Billiards     ●●●●4
Bodybuilding  ●●●●
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7
Boules sports Lyonnaise   ●●●●4
Boules sports Petangue   ●●2
Boules sports Raffa   ●●2
Bowling ten pin  ●●3
Canoe polo  ●●2
Dance sport ●●3
Dragon boat ●●●●4
Fin swimming ●●●●
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10
Fistball    1
Flying disc   1
Acrobatic gymnastics ●●●●5
Aerobic gymnastics ●●●●●5
Rhythmic gymnastics ●●●●4
Trampoline gymnastics ●●●●●6
Ju-Jitsu ●●●●
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10
Karate ●●●●
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13
Korfball     1
Life saving ●●●●●●●●●●●●
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14
Orienteering ●●●●5
Powerlifting ●●●●
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Racquetball   ●●2
Roller sports–Artistic  ●●●●4
Roller sports–Inline Hockey    1
Roller Sports–Speed ●●●●●●●●●●10
Rugby sevens  1
Softball    1
Sport climbing ●●●●4
Squash    ●●2
Sumo ●●●●
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●●8
Tchoukball   ●●2
Tug of War Indoor 1
Tug of War Outdoor 2
Water skiing   ●●●●●●6
Wushu ●●●●●●
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13
July 200916
Thu
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Fri
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Gold
medals

Venues

VenueSports
Chengcing Lake Archery, Orienteering
Chung Cheng Martial Arts Stadium Billiards, Racquetball, Squash
Chungcheng Stadium Fistball
Cultural Center Jhihde Hall Bodybuilding, Aerobic gymnastics
Gymnasium of the National Sun Yat-sen University Ju-jitsu, Karate
Gymnasium of the Guo-Guang Laboratory School, National Sun Yat-sen University Tug of war
Gymnasium of the Kaohsiung Municipal Kaohsiung Senior High School Sumo
Gymnasium of the National Kaohsiung Normal University Korfball, Tchoukball
Happy Bowling Center Bowling
I-Shou University Roller sports
Ren-ai Park Boules
Kaohsiung Arena Acrobatic gymnastics, DanceSport, Rhythmic gymnastics, Trampoline, Tumbling
Kaohsiung Li De Baseball Stadium Softball
Kaohsiung County Stadium Wushu
Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park Parachuting
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts Orienteering
Kaohsiung Swimming Pool Finswimming, Lifesaving
Lotus Lake Canoe polo, Water skiing, Dragon Boat race
Shou-shan Junior High School Climbing
Sizihwan Bay Lifesaving, Beach handball
Sun Yat-sen Hall of the National Sun Yat-sen University Powerlifting
World Games Stadium Flying disc, Rugby sevens
Yangming Skating Rink Roller sports

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