The inaugural World Urban Games, which were to be held in El Segundo in September, have been shifted to the Hungarian capital of Budapest, the Global Association of International Sports Federations announced Monday.
The association awarded the games to Los Angeles in November, with Budapest the other finalist. The association, which is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, issued a statement Monday saying that “after much deliberation, however, the council decided that Budapest’s proposed sports program was more in line with GAISF’s vision for the future of the Games.”
Such events as 3X3 basketball, BMX freestyle and break dancing will be among the events in World Urban Games. Budapest has also been offered the opportunity to host the 2021 Games.
Los Angeles had an agreement to host the 2021 games conditional on the success of the 2019 event.
The 2019 World Urban Games were to be held in an urban park to be constructed in El Segundo. They were to consist of competition involving 700 climbers, skateboarders, breakdancers and competitors for other events, along with esports competitions and a music and cultural street festival
“The first World Urban Games will be a historic event and we are confident that we couldn’t have a better host than the city of Los Angeles,” GAISF Senior Vice President Raffaele Chiulli said in November when the initial announcement was made.
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, chairman and CEO of NantWorks and owner and executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times, was to chair the World Urban Games L.A. Organizing Committee.
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