THE 6TH WORLD GAMES UNICYCLE CONVENTION by Jack Halpern, IUF Vice President
March 10, 2001
I apologize for the delay in my writing a detailed announcement regarding the
World Games Unicycle Convention, which has been officially approved by the World
Games authorities (the delay is partially due to the prolonged negotiations).
Though the event is only about six months away, I would like to clarify that
this event is not at all like a Unicon and no major preparations need to be
made by overseas participants. There is plenty of time for any individual or
teams to apply. It is basically an event for demonstration purposes, with the
Japan Unicycle Association acting as the main organizer. I believe it is an
extremely important event in the history of the sport of unicycling, since it
is a first, official step in the direction of achieving one of our ultimate
goals – Olympic status.
Below is the detailed announcement (I will try to make a website out of it).
NAME OF EVENT: THE 6TH WORLD GAMES UNICYCLE CONVENTION (WGUC) August 25-26, 2001, Akita, Japan held as part of the The 6th World Games (official name) (WG2000) The World Games 2001 Akita (popular name)
BACKGROUND OF WORLD GAMES
The World Games is an International multi-sports event organized by the
International World Games Association (IWGA), taking place every four years in
the year following the summer of the Olympic Games. In addition to competition
programs in sports disciplines recognized by the IWGA, the World Games consists
of a variety of social and cultural events such as concerts, exhibitions and
IWGA has close ties with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and accepts
the principles of the Olympic Games. In fact, IWGA and IOC both have equal
status under the General Association of International Sports Federations
(GAISF), which the World Games authorities explained to me serves as the roof
The World Games resemble the Olympic Games in that the world’s top athletes
compete, but they differ in the following ways:
* The participants are not national representatives of their countries. * Athletes are selected by international federations for each sport. * Sport disciplines usually march together at the opening ceremony. * Established facilities are generally used; that is, the organizer is not required to establish new facilities.
THE WORLD GAMES AND UNICYCLING
A short time before Unicon X, Mr. Ogura, the head of the Japan Team to Unicon X,
was approached by the Organizing Committee of the World Games and they discussed
the possibility of holding some kind of unicycling event there. Mr. Ogura asked
me to take over, and I started negotiating with the organizers. At Unicon X I
made a brief announcement and distributed some materials.
After Unicon X I continued the negotiation but it was soon apparent that IUF
Japan, without outside help, does not have the financial and other resources to
organize such an event. In January 2001, a major change occurred in the JUA: a
change of policy to cooperate with the IUF and to become part of the
international unicycling community. That is, an abandonment of a long-years
policy of isolation.
This was precipitated by pressure from Unicon X participants, led by Yuichiro
Kato, myself, and several others, for more active participation in international
events. Some UX participants wanted to establish an independent organization,
called the Japan International Unicycling Association (JIUA), but in January a
crisis was averted and the International Committee of the Japan Unicycle
Association (JUA-IC) was established, with Masanori Wakae as the chairman and I
as chief consultant (I deliberately turned down an offer to be chairman since I
want this organization to be run by the Japanese).
To make a long story short, the JUA has offered full cooperation in organizing a
unicycling event at the World Games, and after much negotiations (in which I
participated) we were rewarded by great success: that is, not only would we hold
a demonstration, but a full-scale unicycle convention at the time and place of
the World Games.
The World Games have three kinds of sports events:
1. Official events 2. Demonstration events 3. Sanctioned events (my translation of the Japanese) For a list of official and demonstration events, see <a href="http://www.wg2001.or.jp/engimg/ea9000.htm">http://www.wg2001.or.jp/engimg/ea9000.htm</a> (more website links below).
We fall in the third category, the weakest of the three. This participation is a
first step towards participating as a demonstration event in the The 7th World
Games to be held in Germany in 2005, and as an official event in The 8th World
Games, though from my talk with the organizers it is possible that by that time
we may qualify for some kind of participation in the Olympic Games.
BRIEF OUTLINE OF WORLD GAMES
DATES: August 16 (Thursday) to August 26 (Sunday) 2001 PLACE: Akita City, Yuwa Town, Tenno Town, Ogata Village, Yokote City, Rokugo Town, all in Akita Prefecture SPORTS DISCIPLINES: Approximately 30 (26 official sports and 4 demonstration sports) Participants: Over 3,000 people representing more than 50 countries and regions TOTAL COST: Approximately 1.5 billion yen
DATES for WGUC
ARTISTIC: August 25, 2001 RACING: August 26, 2001
The World Games will be held in various locations in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan. The Unicycle Convention will be held in Akita City at: 4. Racing: Akita Prefectural Park Stadium 5. Artistic: Akita Prefectural Gymnasium For details on Akita City, in English, see: <a href="http://www.city.akita.akita.jp/en/default.htm">http://www.city.akita.akita.jp/en/default.htm</a>
ORGANIZERS of WG2001:
Japan World Games Association Organizing Committee for the World Games 2001 Akita Many other cooperating organizations and sponsors. For details see:
ORGANIZERS of WGUC
Main Organizers: 6. Japan Unicycle Assocication, Inc. 7. Akita Unicycle Association Cooperating Organizations: 8. Japanese Ministry of Education ? 9. Akita Prefecture Education Committee ? 10. Akita City Education Committee ? 11. Sasagawa Sports Foundation 12. IUF Japan
SPONSORS For WGUC Michinoku Coca Cola Bottling Co., Inc. For WG2001 See
13. In the World Games: Over 3000 from 50 countries 14. Japanese participants in the Unicycle Convention: about 500 15. Overseas participants in the Unicycle Convention: unknown as of March 10, 2001
World Games English Website: <a href="http://www.wg2001.or.jp/engimg/ea0000.htm">http://www.wg2001.or.jp/engimg/ea0000.htm</a> Japan World Games Association: <a href="http://www.ssf.or.jp/jwga/">http://www.ssf.or.jp/jwga/</a> Japan Olyumppics Committee <a href="http://www.joc.or.jp/eng/index.html">http://www.joc.or.jp/eng/index.html</a> Information on Akita Prefecture <a href="http://www.pref.akita.jp/e/">http://www.pref.akita.jp/e/</a> Useful infornmatoin on Olympic support <a href="http://www.wg2001.or.jp/engimg/ea1000.htm#1000">http://www.wg2001.or.jp/engimg/ea1000.htm#1000</a>
August 25, 2001 August 26, 2001
The Japanese Ministry of Education
The Japanese Ministry of Education
Competitors: 500 yen Spectators: free of charge
August 25, 2001 (Saturday): Artistic Unicycling Events Place Akita Prefectural Gymnasium Events: 1. Pairs 2. Group Time: 9:30am to 5:00pm August 26, 2001 (Sunday): Unicycle Racing Place: Akita Prefectural Park Stadium Events: 3. 100 meters 4. 400 meters 5. One-foot 6. Obstacle course Time: 9:30am to 5:00pm
The awards will be sponsored by:
7. The Sasagawa Sports Foundation Cup
8. Coca Cola Cup
Participants in the WGUC will stay at the students dormitory of Akita Branch of
(surprise!) the Minnesota State University located at Yuuwacho in Akita
Prefecture, or at ryokans (Japanese inns in Akita City).
For more information and to apply, contact: IUF Japan c/o Jack Halpern, CEO & President The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc. (CJKI) Komine Building (3rd & 4th Floor) 34-14, 2-chome, Tohoku, Niiza-shi Saitama 352-0001 JAPAN Office Phone: 048e$B!]e(B473e$B!]e(B3508 FAX : 048e$B!]e(B486e$B!]e(B5032 Home Phone: 042e$B!]e(B587e$B!]e(B3318 FAX : 042e$B!]e(B587e$B!]e(B2802 E-mail: email@example.com WWW : <a href="http://www.kanji.org/">http://www.kanji.org</a> Though the JUA, rather than IUF Japan, is the main organizer of the event, JUA asked us to handle foreign participants and teams. You can also contact Yuichiro Kato, one of the main driving forces behind the International Committee of the JUA, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The main organizers of the World Games are:
International World Games Association (IWGA Headquarters) Ekeby House
Luiksestraat 23, 2587 AL the Hague The Netherlands TEL.31-70-3512774
The Akita World Games Organizing Commitee e$B!Je(BAOCe$B!Ke(B
TEL.018-865-2001 FAX.018-865-2002 http://www.wg2001.or.jp
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