Floorball is again one step closer to becoming an Olympic sport. Almost one year after The World Games (TWG) 2017, where floorball was a guest sport after a 20-year absence, the International World Games Association (IWGA) placed floorball on the list of official games for upcoming 2021 edition.
Great news! Thirty official sports have been selected to be played on the TWG 2021 and floorball is one of them! After the big success of floorball’s return on The World Games, the sport moved from being an invitational sport during TWG 2017 Wroclaw to a place among the official sports – indeed one step closer to being played on the Olympic Games. At this time it is unclear whether a women category will be added in addition to men.
Statements from the IFF
“I would like to thank the IWGA, its Council and President Mr José Perurena, for the trust shown to the entire Floorball family to again be included on TWG Sports Programme. This is a momentous success and proves Floorball´s ability to bring added value to The World Games, as was shown in the Wroclaw 2017 World Games”, the IFF President Mr. Tomas Eriksson says.
“The importance of the participation in Birmingham is elementary for Floorball, with the present ongoing process of the Olympic Games programme, as this is at the moment the platform where we can prove our value. It is therefore imperative for us to ensure a star level performance for Floorball in Birmingham. We need to guarantee that the sport is visible in the event and therefore need to work closely with the USFbA to achieve this. This is a yet another great achievement for Floorball”, says John Liljelund, IFF secretary general”