World Games 2013 Schedule: Highlighting Important Dates for International Event

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World Games 2013 Schedule: Highlighting Important Dates for International Event
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The 2013 World Games begins on July 25 and culminates on August 4. During that span, over 4,000 athletes will compete in over 30 sports to be recognized individually as well as for their respective countries.

What separates the World Games from the Olympics and other more well-known international competitions?

The sports.

The events featured at the World Games are more diverse and less traditional. They are broken into the following six categories:

World Games Event Categories
Artistic and Dance Sports Ball Sports Martial Arts Precision Sports Strength Sports Trend Sports
Acrobatic Gymnastics Beach Handball Aikido Billiard Sports Body Building Surfing
Aerobic Gymnastics Canoe Polo JuJitsu Boules Sports Powerlifting Underwater Sports: Fin Swimming
Artistic Roller Skating Fistball Karate Bowling Tug of War Water Ski, Wakeboard
Dance Sport Indoor Hockey Sumo Casting Sport Air Sports: Parachuting, Paragliding
Rhythmic Gymnastics Korfball Wushu Field Archery Canoe Marathon
Trampoline Gymnastics Netball Duathlon
Tumbling Gymnastics Racquetball Flying Disc
Roller Hockey Lifesaving
Rugby Sevens Orienteering
Softball Roller Inline Hockey
Squash Speed Roller Skating
Sport Climbing


Click here to see the full schedule of events.

Some of the more interesting sports that you won't find in the Olympics or in other major international competitions are korfball and traditional tug of war.

Korfball is a mixed-gender event that evolved from basketball. Teams of four men and four women oppose each other with men from one team facing men from the other team and likewise with the female counterparts.

The game is designed to be the ultimate test of teamwork and doesn't involve dribbling. Nate Robinson would hate korfball. Here's a look at the sport in action:

Korfball play begins on August 2 at the 2013 World Games.

The Tug of War concept is something many of us are familiar with, but on a world-class level it is something different entirely. 

At the 2013 World Games, six men's teams will begin competition on July 27, while the women will compete in an indoor version of the event beginning on July 28. Perhaps there is no more simplistic theme to an event than that of the tug of war.

Very strong and strategic athletes will attempt to pull another team of strong and strategic athletes over a designated line to earn victory. Here's a look at the event from the 2009 World Games.

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