Things you need to know about the 2019 World Urban Games

Budapest hosts the inaugural edition of the multisport event, with the Youth Olympic breaking champ joining the world's best BMX freestyle riders at the Big Market. And don't miss Hungary's attempt at basketball 3x3 glory either. It's available to view worldwide, with live streaming every day on Olympic Channel.

A new international sports competition is born.

The inaugural edition of the World Urban Games is taking place in Budapest from 13-15 September 2019.

Six competition sports are featured, including non-traditional and emerging Olympic events such as 3x3 basketball and BMX freestyle park, (both already set for the program at Tokyo 2020) and breaking (provisionally included for Paris 2024).

And Olympic Channel is live streaming the event daily.

You can watch the sports at the World Urban Games LIVE on Olympic Channel

Six competition sports and two showcase sports are on the program at Budapest’s ‘Big Market’ with the competition sports being: breaking, 3x3 basketball, BMX freestyle park, freestyle flying disc, parkour, and freestyle roller skate. Indoor rowing and laser run are the showcase sports.

To be held every two years, the World Urban Games promise to be the ultimate global showcase for a new generation of urban sport and will feature a wide range of extra events, including showcases and demonstrations that fully embrace music, dance, and urban culture.

Breaking will feature Youth Olympic champ Bumblebee

Breaking made it's Olympic debut at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and has now been approved by the IOC as one of four provisional sports for Paris 2024, so you'd better get familiar with the top names.

One to watch in Budapest will be Buenos Aires 2018 YOG male champion Bumblebee, who is unsurprisingly in favour of the dance sport being confirmed on the 2024 Games programme when the final decision is made in December 2020.

The Russian 19-year-old, who goes under the civil name Sergei Chernyshev, has gained fame worldwide since last year's gold medal in the Argentinian capital and has made it into the biggest media outlets such as the New York Times.

Bumblebee will again be challenged by Buenos Aires 2018 bronze medallist Shigeyuki Nakarai, also known as Shigekix.

In the women's event, Hungary's Eniko Torok aka Csepke, who also comes in with experience from the Youth Olympics, will be welcoming the World Urban Games to her hometown. Although no female medallist from Buenos Aires 2018 will be in Budapest, the field will be packed with top-class b-girls and b-boys.

Twenty four of the breakers qualified directly from the recent 2019 WDSF World Breaking Championships, while an additional six athletes booked their tickets via August's Outbreak Europe.

Behind the scenes at the YOG breaking final

Behind the scenes at the YOG breaking final

The line-up for Breaking at the World Urban Games is as follows:

B-girls: Ami (JPN), Sunny (USA), Jilou (GER), Ying Zi (CHN), Roxy (GBR), Ayane (JPN), Madmax (BEL), Queen Mary (BUL), Logistix (USA), Fresh Bella (KOR), Vavi (RUS), Paulina (POL), Csepke (HUN), Kate (UKR), San Andrea (FRA), and Sarah Bee (FRA).

B-boys: Menno (NED), Lussy Sky (UKR), Lil G (VEN), Bumblebee (RUS), Lagaet (FRA), Shigekix (JPN), Phil Wizard (CAN), Klash (EGY), Vero (KOR), Roll (HUN), Dr. Hill (MEX), BruceAlmighty (POR), Victor (USA), Icey Ives (USA), Daniel (NOR), Quake (TPE).

BMX freestyle park packed with top-class riders

USA’s teenagers Justin Dowell and Hannah Roberts are the two best riders at the moment in the men's and women's BMX freestyle park respectively, and will both be present in Hungary's capital.

18-year-old Hannah Roberts' toughest competition could very well be Japan's Minato Oike - one of the athletes who can potentially claim gold when the discipline makes its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in her native Japan. The World Urban Games will be a chance to see where she is at in her preparations for the milestone event next year.

Oike wins to boost Tokyo 2020 hopes

Oike wins to boost Tokyo 2020 hopes

The men's event will be ultra-competitive with the world's top-five riders all participating. 2018 world champion Justin Dowell can look forward to facing world number two Brandon Loupos and world number three Jake Wallwork - both from Australia. Russia's Irek Rizaev, who is ranked four in the world, will also be there, along with USA's fifth-ranked Daniel Sandoval.

Basketball 3x3 talents on display

After a thrilling Olympic debut at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, basketball 3x3 is set to take the largest stage in the world of sport when entering the Olympic program at Tokyo 2020. The World Urban Games will be a good test along the road to Japan, although not all of the participating countries’ top players are eligible for the World Urban Games as it will be played as a U-23 tournament.

The Budapest event will be the final of the FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League. A competition that consists of three conferences and 18 National Federations culminating with the U23 Nations League Final which the top two teams from each conference have qualified for and one wild-card per gender. Each conference has been through six events to determine the final participants with Uganda being the wild card for both men and women

Home team Hungary will be a must-watch on the women’s side of the tournament after finishing top of the Central-Eastern Europe conference with a total of 480 total points in the final standings.

Ukraine was runner-up in that conference, strongly led by their rising star Viktoriia Kondus, the overall top scorer in the conference.

And thanks to Hungary already being qualified for the World Urban Games as hosts, Poland in third got a spot at the finals.

They will be joined by number one and two from the Western-Southern Europe conference France and The Netherlands, and the top two from the Asia-Europe conference Russia and China plus wild card Uganda.

China won their first overall title earlier this year at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup after defeating Hungary 19–13, but neither of the teams’ players from that final are eligible for the U-23 sides.

Olga Froklina is the only player from the Russian World Cup team to feature in Budapest. Russia's highest ranked female 3x3 basketball player will be accompanied by her 22-year old twin sisters Evgeniia Frolkina.

Women group A: Russia
France
The Netherlands
Uganda

Women group B: China
Ukraine
Hungary
Poland

Ukraine and Poland finished top of the men’s Central-Eastern Europe conference and will be joined in Budapest by host Hungary, the top two teams from the Western-Southern Europe conference France and The Netherlands and Russia and Belarus from the Asian-Europe conference plus Uganda who was given a wild card.

*Men Group A:
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Russia
Ukraine
Poland
Uganda

*Men Group B:
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The Netherlands
France
Hungary
Belarus

Venue: A market hall

All the action will take place at the Nagyvásártelep (Market Hall), Budapest’s former food logistic center originally built in 1930 located close to the River Danube, with the city’s aim being to use the World Urban Games to rejuvenate an area which the organisers admit has been run down until now.

Although some sports will take place inside the actual market hall, several disciplines will take place outdoors.

From Los Angeles to Budapest

Los Angeles was initially announced as the inaugural host city in November 2018, after beating the other contender Budapest. But in early 2019 it was announced that the Hungarian capital would instead host the first World Urban Games. Budapest will also host the 2021 edition.

Street skateboarding and bouldering (sport climbing), which were both on the initial Los Angeles roster, won’t feature in Budapest this year.

Program

Day 1 - Friday 13 September
BMX freestyle park qualification women.
3x3 basketball group games women and men.
Breaking qualification competition women and men.
Other sports: Roller freestyle, parkour, and flying disc freestyle qualification competitions.
Show case sports: Laser run and indoor rowing.

Day 2 - Saturday 14 September
Men’s BMX freestyle park qualification.
Women’s and men’s 3x3 basketball group games.
Breaking top 8 men and women and semi-finals and finals.
Other sports: Flying disc freestyle second round, women’s speed for all parkour qualification followed by finals in men’s roller freestyle, the men’s and women’s flying disc freestyle, parkour (women’s freestyle, men’s speed for all).
Show case sports: Laser run and indoor rowing.

Day 3 - Sunday 15 September
BMX freestyle park finals women and men.
3x3 basketball quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals women and men.
Other sports: Parkour finals (men’s freestyle, women’s speed for all).
Show case sports: Laser run and indoor rowing.

You can watch the World Urban Games live on Olympic Channel daily between 13th and 15th September.

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