VIII World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung (20 photos)

Approximately 5,000 athletes from 90 countries participated in the "World Games", which took place from 16 to 26 July in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Athletes competed in 31 sport, not included in the Olympic program, such as, for example, korfball and tug of war. Games, lasting 11 days, held every four years, one year after the Olympics.




Fireworks over stadium Maine during the opening ceremony of the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 16. (REUTERS / Stringer)




Performance of students in the main stadium during the opening ceremony of the World Games on July 16th. (SAM YEH / AFP / Getty Images)




Taiwanese appear in the main stadium during the opening ceremony of the World Games on July 16th. (SAM YEH / AFP / Getty Images)



American Sarah Sayaseyn leader in high-speed races on roller skates at the World Games in Kaohsiung on 18 July. (SAM YEH / AFP / Getty Images)



German gymnasts in the group competition in acrobatic gymnastics at the World Games in Kaohsiung on 21 July. (SAM YEH / AFP / Getty Images)



Japanese Asano Mattsura (right) fights against Estonia's Epp Mahe sumo match at the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung on 18 July. (SAM YEH / AFP / Getty Images)



Russia's Evgeniya Kanaeva during competitions in rhythmic gymnastics at the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung July 17. (SAM YEH / AFP / Getty Images)



Bellini Italian Luca fights for the ball in a game against the Spanish national team during the qualifying match for canoe polo at the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung July 17. (REUTERS / Nicky Loh)

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