The decision to choose the next host was taken on Thursday during the final meeting of the IWGA Executive Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland. Birmingham has ca. 210 thousand inhabitants and is the largest city in Alabama.
President of the International World Games Assosiation, Jose Perurena, explained the decision by saying that the winner had met all the requirements in terms of sports infrastructure and other necessary facilities. The city can also count on the support from local administration and US Olympic Committee. Birmingham will be playing host to such a big sports event for the first time in its history.
"We are happy that we will be able to organise the 2021 World Games in Birmingham and we are sure that the city will provide the best conditions there are to host the event. The presentations from all candidates were wonderfully prepared and it wasn't easy to make the final decision. There is no doubt that the games must be organised down to every single detail. We are absolutely convinced that Birmingham will exceed both our expectations and those of our athletes," added Jose Perurena.
The agreement with the host city will be signed in April 2015, once the decision has been confirmed by the General Assembly. The Thursday decision from the IWGA means that the World Games will return to the US to mark the fortieth anniversary of the first IWGA event organised in 1981 in Santa Clara.
The process to select the host city began in 2014. The IWGA flag will be presented to the city of Birmingham representatives during the closing ceremony of 10. edition of the World Games, which is to be held in Wroclaw in 2017.