2017 is an in-between year for sports, with no Olympics, World Cup, or European Cup. But scores of other multi-sport events will see athletes from around the world competing against each other. The logisticians from DB SCHENKERsportsevents are present at several of the major events.
Regional multi-sport events, international student games, and a get-together of the “old pros”
The year of multi-sport events kicked off with the Winter Universiade, or international student games, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, a rehearsal for Asia’s winter athletes in the run-up for the 2018 Winter Olympics in their “back yard” of PyeongChang, South Korea.
Auckland in New Zealand hosted the world’s largest multi-sport event in 2017, the World Masters Games. Over 20,000 athletes took part, about twice the number at the 2016 Rio Olympics! The World Masters Games is for seasoned athletes aged 35 and over.
Baku in Azerbaijan hosted the 2015 European Games, and this year saw it put on another major sports event when the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games were held there in May. Athletes for this event came from the 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. DB SCHENKERsportevents has two dates on the shores of the Caspian Sea this year. First, it managed services in connection with the Baku games, transporting equipment for the opening and closing ceremonies, in addition to video technology for official events in the Azerbaijani capital. And in the fall, it will return to the region as part of its work for another multi-sport event: The Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Small countries’ sports meet in San Marino, World Games in Poland, winter sports in Malaysia
While almost 64,000 competitors from Asian-Pacific countries were battling for gold in Turkmenistan, San Marino was the setting for a more modest kind of event. The Games of the Small States of Europe welcomed just 900 athletes from nine European countries, from Andorra to Montenegro. Though it was the smallest multi-sport event of 2017, it was opened by none other than IOC president Thomas Bach in person.
Summer will see the much larger and higher-profile World Games take the Polish city of Wroclaw. This event is the international get-together for non-Olympic disciplines, making it the most important tournament for a large number of athletes, all competing for gold. Some of these sports are popular around the world, such as karate and sport climbing. Others are non-Olympic “subsets” of Olympic disciplines, such as trampoline gymnastics. Just like at the Olympic Games, DB Schenker handles transportation for the team that the German Olympic Sports Confederation is sending to the World Games.
Some exotic sports will be on offer in late summer at Kuala Lumpur’s Southeast Asian Games. This regional tournament is the only multi-sport event where summer and winter athletes compete in their disciplines at the same time. The event in Malaysia will host competitions for some of the region’s traditional sports, such as muaythai and sepak takraw, while ice hockey, speed skating, and figure skating are also on the program.
Staying with the topic of winter sports in Asia, the continent is currently the focus of the logisticians’ activities. 2017 has already seen the creation of concepts for national Olympics committees, sponsors, suppliers and the hospitality program in connection with the 2018 Olympics Winter Games in PyeongChang.