The Center for Domestic Preparedness is assisting the City of Birmingham as it prepares to host the World Games in 2021.

CDP leaders hosted Birmingham emergency management officials and World Games organizing staff on its campus Sept. 28 and discussed training opportunities in support of the city’s multi-year preparations for the event.  The CDP is often called upon to provide specialized training and assistance to cities slated to host National Special Security Events such as the Super Bowl, the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and now, the World Games.

Birmingham announced in April that it expects 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries to descend upon the city and compete in 30 sports from July 15-25, 2021.

“This is an exciting time as we learn more about the sports that will be part of the World Games Birmingham 2021. They are a combination of familiar sports and a few lesser-known ones that many people will come to love,” Mayor Randall L. Woodfin said at the time. “As we prepare to host the world in 2021, we also have a great opportunity to learn more about the incredible athletes and competition heading to our city. We’ll be ready.”

The World Games are staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee.  They feature a range of sports, including DanceSport, Gymnastics, Karate, Muaythai, Sumo, Handball, Lacrosse, Softball, Archery, Bowling, Powerlifting, Squash, Billiards, and Roller Sports.

The 2017 edition of the World Games took place in Wroclaw, Poland.