First official Event
Die 1. World Games fanden vom 24. Juli bis 2. August 1981 in Santa Clara (Kalifornien) statt. Diese “Weltspiele” waren die erste offizielle World-Games nach den sogenannten Pre-World Games, die bereits 1978 in Seoul (Korea) ausgetragen wurden. Es nahmen 1745 Athleten in 16 Sportarten teil, wobei die meisten Wettkämpfe auf dem Campus der Santa Clara University stattfanden.
“The poster designed for World Games 1981, used the event logo in the centre of the poster and the title of the event at the top of the poster. The poster shows another element of graphic design for World Games: left and right of the event logo are the first pictograms of the participating sports, which were also depicted on the medal.”
Santa Clara University
“The World Games 1981 in Santa Clara was first and foremost a pioneer event, testing the concept. The City of Santa Clara was not a Host City in the sense that the city was involved in the organisation of the event. The World Games officials had found an excellent venue in the facilities and accommodation of the Santa Clara University which they rented, together with some other venues, from the city.
The World Games participants did not know what to expect from this new event. When they entered Santa Clara University (SCU), they felt like arriving in an “Olympic village”, as all sports were hosted together on the campus of the SCU. The meals in the dining hall of the campus were a great experience, as the participants met face-to-face with their fellow World Games competitors from other sports.
The participants of World Games I were hosted for the full period of the event, so all participants were present at the Opening in the Buck Shaw Stadium. The games were opened by Mr. Thomas Keller, President of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) who read out the greetings of the President of the United States of America, Mr. Ronald Reagan.”
German Taekwondo National Team
Helmut Gärtner (Germany) – Jorge Beltran (Argentina)
“Your sporting career can rightly be described as outstanding. Your international successes have contributed significantly to the top position of our federation at European and world level. Your role model function as a prominent top athlete is of great value to our federation and our sport.” ~ Joachim C. Hey, Vice President, German Taekwondo Association, Germany