The decision was taken unanimously during a special IOC meeting. The recommendation has been made as part of the Olympic Agenda 2020, that is, a "road map" containing strategies for the Olympic movement development in the years to come.
IWGA President Jose Perurena emphasised that the close cooperation with the IOC requires that 10. Edition of The World Games, which is to be held in 2017 in Wroclaw, complies with a variety of excellent standards. "We are striving to show that our disciplines are at the same competitive level as those included in the traditional Olympic programme, and we will do our best to organise a great tournament," said Jose Perurena.
The special IOC session was also held to launch an Olympic TV channel in which various disciplines will be shown, especially those that are not included in the Olympic programme. "In order to do this, the broadcaster is planning to cooperate closely with the IWGA and complement the offer with the World Games channel, which was launched in May 2014," added Yiannis Exharos, President of the Olympic Broadcasting Services.
10. Edition of The World Games, which is to be held in Wroclaw in 2017, will gather 4.5 thousand athletes and sports officials from around 100 countries. A number of interesting competitions will be there to watch during the tournament, including squash, tug-of-war, sumo, bowling, pétanque, water skiing or orienteering runs.