Never heard of World Games? Under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and organised by the International World Games Association (IWGA), this event features sports that are not contested in the Olympic Games. Among for example Skydiving, Bowling, Beach handball or Karate, is for the third time now: Ultimate Frisbee.
Last year's World Ultimate Championships in Vancouver determined the five contesters for Kaohsiung: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Japan and the United States performed best in the three applicable divisions open, women and mixed. Chinese Taipei joins the world's top 5 Ultimate Frisbee nations as the host country.
The World Games 2001 Akita showed the first appearance of Flying Disc sports at this event series. Ultimate Frisbee as the sports' flagship was played as a 6-on-6 Mixed (or co-ed if you prefer) tournament of six nations (Canada, Finland, Germany, Japan, Sweden and USA). Next to it also Disc Golf showcased its sport with again six nations sending each one female and male player. Canada won the first Ultimate Frisbee gold medal, beating a strong US team in a thrilling overtime final match. Host Japan took the bronze medal, with Sweden, Finland and Germany taking the less prominent places (complete results here).
Four years later in Duisburg, Germany, again six nations competed for World Games Gold. This time only Ultimate Frisbee represented the Flying Disc sports. After taking silver in Akita, the USA won the gold medal game by out-scoring Australia 13-11. Team Canada came third, leaving Japan, Germany and Finland behind (complete results here).
In short another chapter of World Games Ultimate will be written, it will be interesting to see which nations will make it on the podium. Poultry Days Classic this June gave a little foretaste of mixed Ultimate at highest level: Four out of the six competitors played this tournament in Versailles, Ohio (USA), with Canada winning over the US team in the final. Check out this 4 minutes clip from UltivillageTV: