Birmingham, Ala. (WIAT) – Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and Nick Sellers, CEO of The World Games 2022, were invited to the White House in Birmingham on Wednesday to highlight the 10-day event, which begins July 7.
With about eight weeks left until the opening ceremony, CBS has spent some time with 42 vendors who have agreed to take our cameras behind the scenes.
Since vendors lead a team tasked with pulling something Birmingham has never seen before, the question is, when do vendors' alarms go off in the morning?
Birmingham is leading a team tasked with pulling something he has never seen .. I had to ask .. how often does his alarm go off in the morning?
“It's usually 4 o'clock in the morning now. There's a lot going on in my head every day, “said vendors from the defensive stadium to the roadside patio, where a lot of festivities and competitions will take place.
“I rarely set an alarm. I get up and I get up, ”he continued.
That's when the race stopped.
We meet vendors in the lobby at The World Games 2022 headquarters in downtown Birmingham where a lot is planned every day.
“It just has a lot of moving pieces and parts. There really is, ”he explained.
“We are crossing all our milestones by July 7,” he continued.
When the game starts on 7th July.
3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries will be in the city to compete in 34 different sports.
The event will give Birmingham a firm place on the international stage.
“I'll tell you, this is a wonderful time to live in Birmingham, Alabama. You can feel the energy. What's happening in our city is really clear. This is an opportunity for them, ”said the vendor.
He and his team are managing every aspect of the games from marketing, ticketing, travel and board, broadcasting, volunteering, language services and venues where the competitions will be for 10 days.
“We will create an 8-lane bowling alley at BJCC for the gold medal round bowling on global television. Billiards will be in the Sheridan ballroom here. There's a game called Dance Sport and I don't know how much of a dance the game has had, ”he said.
Athletes train throughout the year and will be here for the opportunity to chase gold.
Fans, world celebrities, and even the president of the International Olympic Committee will be in town to watch it happen, which will be the first major international multi-sport event with a full fan experience of coming out of the epidemic.
“It's really a kind of clearer call to the world right now that things can get better so that we can come together and bring the world together with nothing but sports and music,” the vendors said.
Security will be tight.
Vendors have explained that this will be what you see in the National Championship Football Game or the SEC Championship Football Game.
“This is the highest security rating for the federal government. This means that the Secret Service, the FBI, Homeland Security are all working with the Birmingham Police, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, and various municipalities. Suffice it to say, we are a very safe event for the family, “he said.
What he plans to do after The World Games is over, cellars say a trip to Italy with his wife has already been booked.
“My wife and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary on July 12, in the middle of The World Games. He is a volunteer so he will be working at some of the venues around town and I will be moving from venue to venue myself but we have already set our trip when it is over, ”he said.
Here is some more information about The World Games from the official website:
Founded in 1980, the International World Games Association (IWGA) is the sole administrator of The World Games, an 11-day global multi-sport event held every four years. Fully recognized and supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the IWGA is a non-profit independent international organization consisting of 37 international sports federations.
Integrate and develop communities through and through sports. To provide global exposure and a unique experience for athletes and cities. Engage and inspire the community by promoting sports values.
The World Games is the highest event where only the best athletes from our international member federation perform. They usually earn their presence in the Games by qualifying for selected events like the World Cup or the Championship.
World Games is a worldwide multi-sport event, where thousands of the world's best athletes gather every four years.
Some numbers about these games to understand the scale of the event:
11 day event
+30 Non-Olympic sports and discipline
Gender mixed discipline
4,000 world-class athletes
Represented +100 countries
+200 medal event
TWG Plaza as the center of the event
Part of an event program for athletes with disabilities