World Games 1985
World Games II
25 July 1985|
4 August 1985|
|Officially opened by||
Charles Palmer, British Olympic Association Chairman|
Wembley Conference Centre|
The second World Games were held in 1985 in London, the capital city of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 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,Games Patron Ryoichi Sasakawa and British Olympic Association Chairman Charles Palmer. Sports included , field archery, taekwondo, karate, sambo, powerlifting, finswimming, roller sports, casting, korfball, water skiing, speedway, faustball, softball and netball. The netball results reversed the results of its recent world cup, with New Zealand winning gold to Australia's silver. Similarly, 3rd and 4th places were reversed, with Jamaica winning bronze against England.
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.
114 titles were awarded in 24 sports (not including four invitational sports).
As Invitational sport
The medal tally during the second World Games is as follows. Italy was the over-all champion of this edition.