The World Sports Games, representing amateur games promoted worldwide by CSIT (International Confederation of Sport for All), will be returning to Italy from 5 to 10 September: they will be hosted and co-organised in Italy by the Italian Association for Sport Culture, one of the first sports promotion bodies, in collaboration with the Emilia Romagna Region and the Municipality of Cervia.
Cervia, with its partner cities Cesena, Cesenatico and Riccione, will be the organiser of the CSIT World Sports Games, thus hosting several thousand participants.
In addition to the 19 official CSIT sports there will be the launch of the CSIT Para-Sport section and the opening for children and families with a correspondingly extensive side programme.
The 2023 edition was still to be held in Italy, in Rome.
The Romagna Riviera, managing to keep costs down and demonstrating its vocation for sports tourism, appeared to be the best choice. Here, on the other hand, AiCS has been for years organising on its own its biggest multi-sports event, VerdeAzzurro, bringing together around 6,000 participants between Misano Adriatico and Cervia itself, every year in late summer.
Those planned for the World Sports Games will not disappoint. The pre-Covid editions brought together more than 5,000 participants, including athletes, coaches and accompanying persons, all engaged in some fifteen different disciplines, from basketball to swimming, from football to volleyball, including emerging and newer sports, such as Mamanet.
Cervia, with its partner city Cesenatico, has already successfully hosted the CSIT Unified Championships in 2022 and has both the infrastructure and experience to host the World Sports Games (WSG) without any problems.
The World Sports Games are intended to be first and foremost an event of sports culture and participation, an inclusive and welcoming 'festival of the people'. Not surprisingly, the event will kick off with an opening ceremony, with all invited delegations parading under their own flag.