World Games 2013 Cali: Highlighting Thursday's Top Events in Colombia

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World Games 2013 Cali: Highlighting Thursday's Top Events in Colombia
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The 2013 World Games are now into their seventh day, with plenty of sports yet to make an appearance before the games finish on Sunday.

This year's event is being held in Cali, Colombia, with a huge variety of games taking place at both indoor and outdoor venues.

So far we've seen everything from powerlifting and tumbling gymnastics, to ju-jitsu and tug of war.

Here's a few of the games you can look forward to on Thursday.

 

Paragliding

Born out of parachuting and parascending, Paragliding Accuracy has been recognised by the International Air Sports Federation since the first World Championships were held in the UK back in 2000.

The sport has grown and grown since then, with countries worldwide getting involved and taking part in two disciplines—hill and tow launch.

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Thursday sees the start of the men's and women's competitions, both of which take place at the Marco Fidel Suarez Air Base.

The competition, which encompasses nine rounds over four days, will reward those capable of the most consistently accurate spot landings.

 

Fistball

Similar to volleyball, fistball involves hitting a ball over a net from one side of the field to the other.

Two teams of five players compete against one another and use their fists and arms to get the ball over the net with only one bounce allowed. Teams can touch the ball three times in each phase of play.

Thursday sees the beginning of the four-day men's fistball competition, in which teams must win a best of five-set match.

Six countries—Brazil, Germany, Chile, Austria, Switzerland and Argentina—will meet in a round-robin format, with the top four progressing to the semi-finals and getting a shot at winning a medal.

 

Bowling

Thursday marks the start of bowling at the World Games, with the tenpin mixed doubles competition taking place first.

The event, which is played using the same scoring system as regular tenpin bowling, sees two-person teams made up of one man and one woman compete in two qualifying rounds before a final.

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Each match consists of 10 frames, with each player delivering two balls in each of the first nine.

Bowling, including the tenpin mixed doubles, has been part of the World Games since its inception in 1981.

 

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