Multi-sport competition begins around the world

Amanda Karr and Amanda Karr

Over the course of the year, there are several multi-sport events similar to the Olympics that take place.

The first of which, The Winter World Masters Games, happened earlier this year from Jan. 31 through Feb. 8. The games were hosted by Québec City this year.

Similarly to the Olympics, The Winter World Masters Games are held every four years. This was the second time the games have taken place.

The Winter World Masters Games are officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The goal of the event is “to encourage adults over the age of 30 to engage in winter sports as a lifelong way to improve personal fitness.”

This year the winter games hosted more than 3,000 master sport enthusiasts, professional athletes and former Olympians competing in 40 competitions.

The competitive events of the games included [but not limited to] alpine skiing, ice hockey, triathlon and cross country skiing.

Feb. 4-14 found Grenada, Spain playing host to the 27th Winter Universiade.

This year’s Winter Universiade consisted of 1,551 athletes from 43 nations competing in a selection of 11 sports. A total of 68 events were held this year.

The sporting categories consisted of alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, Nordic combined, short track, ski jumping and snowboarding.

The USA topped the ranking charts for freestyle skiing, winning two gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

Overall the USA players ranked 12th in the games. Russia placed first after obtaining 20 gold medals, 18 silver and 18 bronze.

Earlier this month, from June 5-16 led multi-sport event fans and followers to Singapore, where the 28th Southeast Asian Games took place.

During the SEA Games, 11 countries participate in competitions surrounding 40 different events.

Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei, Thailand, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia participated this year.

The SEA Games will take place again in 2017.

June 12 marked the start of the first ever European Games which is being held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Despite it being the first event, the European Games attracted 5,898 athletes from 50 nations to participate in 253 events covering 20 sports.

Aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, fencing, football, gymnastics, judo, karate, sambo, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling are all covered during the games.

The games continue until June 28.

The next European Games is scheduled for 2019.

Also being held this year is the Summer Universiade July 3-14 in Gwangju, South Korea.

Toronto is scheduled to host the Pan American Games July 10-26, just shortly before Los Angeles hosts the Special Olympics World Summer Games July 25 through Aug. 2.

The Pacific Games and Pan Arab Games are scheduled for July as well.

Toronto will also be hosting the Parapan American Games from Aug. 7-14.

The month of September is home to the All Africa Games, hosted by Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, and the Commonwealth Youth Games, hosted by Apia, Samoa.

October holds two multi-sport competitions at the same time, one in France, the other in South Korea.

These are the European Masters Games hosted by Nice, France and the 6th CISM Summer Military World Games hosted by Mungyeong, South Korea.

Each of these events ends on Oct. 11 and are the final multi-sport events of 2015.