World Games II
Host cityLondon, England
MottoSport is a universal language, the world is one family, all mankind are brothers and sisters.
Opening25 July 1985
Closing4 August 1985
Opened byCharles Palmer
Chairman of British Olympic Association
Main venueWembley Stadium

The 1985 World Games were the second edition of the World Games, an international multi-sport event held in London. Three main venues were used, the main one being the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. The opening ceremony was held at the Wembley Conference Centre. The master of ceremonies was television commentator Ron Pickering. Competitors were addressed by World Games Association President Dr Un Yong Kim, who told competitors, "the World Games is an innovation that deserves a warm welcome." Games Patron Ryoichi Sasakawa underwrote the financial shortfall to enable the Games to take place. British Olympic Association Chairman Charles Palmer opened the Games on behalf of the British sports community. The song "World Game" by John Denver was adopted as the theme for the Games. Sports included field archery, taekwondo, karate, sambo, powerlifting, finswimming, roller sports, casting, korfball, water skiing, speedway, fistball, softball and netball.[1] The ground team at Crystal Palace was headed by former Nottingham Forest player Roy Dwight with assistance from Tosh Chamberlain. Television coverage was produced by Cheerleader productions. Commentators included Simon Reed, Martin Tyler, Gerald Sinstadt and Dave Lanning.


134 titles were awarded in 22 sports (not including two invitational sports).[2]

  As Invitational sport

Sport Titles Notes
Artistic roller skating 4
Roller speed skating 12
Roller hockey 1
Bodybuilding 6
Boules 1
Bowling 5
Casting 12
Field archery 4
Fistball 1
Finswimming 17
Karate 12
Korfball 1
Life saving 12
Netball 1
Racquetball 2
Sambo 17
Taekwondo 8
Trampoline 6
Tug of war 2
Water skiing 6
Powerlifting 3
Softball 1
Total 134

Venues included Wembley Conference Centre, Princes Club (Bedfont), Copthall Stadium. Wimbledon Stadium, Crystal Palace, David Lloyd Club, Tolmers Scout Camp and Stevenage Bowling Center.[3]

Medal table

The medal tally during the second World Games is as follows. Italy finished at the top of the medal standings.[4] Two bronze medals were awarded in fistball and in each karate-kumite (9) and taekwondo (8) event.

  *   Host nation (Great Britain)

1 Italy (ITA)27292278
2 United States (USA)18161852
3 Spain (ESP)1511531
4 West Germany (FRG)13121641
5 Sweden (SWE)128525
6 Great Britain (GBR)*11112143
7 France (FRA)7111331
8 South Korea (KOR)7018
9 Netherlands (NED)5139
10 Japan (JPN)5128
11 Hungary (HUN)44513
12 Norway (NOR)26816
13 Ireland (IRL)2002
14 Canada (CAN)15511
15 Belgium (BEL)1449
16 Switzerland (SUI)1247
17 Austria (AUT)1102
 New Zealand (NZL)1102
19 Singapore (SIN)1001
20 Australia (AUS)0459
21 Chinese Taipei (TPE)0314
22 Egypt (EGY)0224
23 Philippines (PHI)0213
24 Bahrain (BHR)0011
 Brazil (BRA)0011
 Colombia (COL)0011
 Denmark (DEN)0011
 Finland (FIN)0011
 Ivory Coast (CIV)0011
 Jamaica (JAM)0011
 Mexico (MEX)0011
 Monaco (MON)0011
 Portugal (POR)0011
 Venezuela (VEN)0011
Totals (34 entries)134134152420


  1. ^ Media Release 1985 World Games
  2. ^ "The World Games London 1985" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  3. ^ Bell, David (2011). Encyclopedia of International Games. McFarland. p. 408. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  4. ^ "Results of the World Games". International World Games Association. Retrieved 2015-10-26.

Channel Four broadcast of the Opening Ceremony.