On 3, May, 2023, in Madrid, Spain, the International World Games Association (IWGA) unveiled the events for the World Games 2025 Chengdu. Wushu was named an official sport of the World Games 2025 Chengdu. For the first time, wushu becomes an official sport in The World Games. Wushu was included as invitational sport in the 2009 Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, 2013 Cali, Colombia, and 2022 World Games in Birmingham, USA.
The International Wushu Federation (IWUF) became an official member of the International World Games Association in 2021. Wushu has been invited to the World Games three times, and the IWUF has accumulated multiple experiences in cooperating with the World Games, laying a good foundation for wushu to become an official competition event in the 2025 World Games.
The World Games, first held in 1981, is a comprehensive international sports competition mainly focusing on non-Olympics events. The World Games are hosted by the International World Games Association (IWGA), recognized by International Olympic Committee (IOC) and held every four years.
The Wushu competition of the 11th World Games was held at Bill Battle Coliseum in Birmingham, USA on July 12-13, 2022. Fifty-nine athletes from 29 countries and regions participated in the 2022 World Games wushu competition; after two days of competing, 10 gold medals were awarded. The president of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach presented an award at the wushu competition at the World Games in person, and he also practiced a bit of wushu and had a friendly conversation with the athletes’ representatives.
The 12th World Games will be held August 7-17, 2025 in Chengdu, China.