The World Games 2017 are officialy closed on Sunday, 30 July 2017. What begun in 2012 when Wroclaw was awarded the Games, and got a fresh re-start 10 days ago when the first athletes and fans arrived, has now officially ended.
The World Games flag has been given to the next organisers. The World Games 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama, will now take over the journey with the athletes and fans, the journey of four years that will lead to the Games in Birmingham.
The Closing Ceremony took place on the fully packed World Games Plaza in Wrocław on Sunday evening. Several artists, including Europe’s largest big band Rebel Babel Ensemble, played on the stage. The wind orchestra under the direction of Łukasz L.U.C Rostkowski presented a unique audo-visual spectacle set to an invigorating musical composition. They were accompanied by several soloists native to Wrocław: Ania Kłys, Natalia Lubrano, Girls on Fire, Mesajah and Nullo. In addition to their original compositions, the musicians of the Rebel Babel Ensemble performed several pieces composed by the band’s co-founder Jan Feat.
IWGA President José Perurena praised Wrocław in his speech before officially closing the Games, and said:
“Now more than three thousand athlete-ambassadors are returning home to five continents. There, they will speak of the great hospitality and friendship they received in Wroclaw.”
American football was one of four invitational sports at the event, with four nations competing for the trophy: Poland (as host), Germany, France and USA (USFAF). The tournament has been organized on the Olympic Stadium in Wrocław from 22 to 24 July. Four games – two semifinals, the Bronze Medal match and grand final – have been played in front of 10.000 fans in a fantastic atmosphere.
France wins gold defeating Germany with 14:6, who had to content itself with a silver medal and the runner-up title. Americans ranked third, after won Poland 14:7 in the Bronze Medal match.
The World Games 2017 sold more than 160,000 tickets and could be watched world-wide on TV and on the Olympic Channel. 3251 athletes from a record number of countries – 111 – took part in the Games and enjoyed the top class venues and the hospitability of the organisers and the volunteers.