List of world sports championships

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SportCompetition nameCompeting
entities
First
held
Current holderNextFrequencyDetails & notes
Alpine skiingFIS Alpine World Ski ChampionshipsDownhill1931 Kjetil Jansrud (2019)2021Biennial
Super G1987 Dominik Paris (2019)
Giant slalom1931 Henrik Kristoffersen(2019)
Slalom1931 Marcel Hirscher(2019)
Alpine combined1932 Alexis Pinturault(2019)
FIS Alpine Ski World CupIndividuals1967 Marcel Hirscher(2018–19)2019–20Annual
Nations Austria (2018–19)
World Para Alpine Skiing ChampionshipsIndividuals1972Winners in 30 events (2019)2021Biennial
American footballIFAF World ChampionshipNations1999 United States (2015)2023QuadrennialNot held in 2019
AquaticsFINA World Aquatics ChampionshipsIndividuals[R]1973Most medals (2019)2021Biennial
FINA Diving World CupIndividuals1979Most medals (2018)2020Biennial
FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m)Individuals[R]1993Most medals (2018)2022Biennial
FINA Water Polo World CupNations1979 Hungary (2018)2022QuadrennialBiennially until 2002
FINA Water Polo World ChampionshipNations1973 Italy (2019)2021BiennialBiennially since 2001
ArcheryWorld Archery ChampionshipsIndividual recurve1931 Brady Ellison (2019)2021Biennial
Individual compound1995 James Lutz (2019)2021Biennial
Team recurve1931 China (2019)2021Biennial
Team compound1995 South Korea (2019)2021Biennial
Association footballFIFA World CupNations1930 France (2018)2022Quadrennial
FIFA Club World CupClubs2000 Liverpool (2019)2020AnnualAnnual since 2005
ConIFA World Football CupNations2014 Kárpátalja (2018)2020BiennialReplaced the Viva World Cup
AthleticsWorld Athletics ChampionshipsIndividuals[R]1983Most medals (2019)2021Biennial1983–1991 held quadrennially, biennially starting 1993
IAAF Continental CupContinents2010Americas (2018)2022Quadrennial
World Athletics Indoor ChampionshipsIndividuals[R]1985Most medals (2018)2020Biennial
IAAF World Cross Country ChampionshipsIndividuals1973 Joshua Cheptegei(2019)2021Biennial
Teams Uganda (2019)
IAAF World Half Marathon ChampionshipsIndividuals1992 Geoffrey Kipsang(2018)2020BiennialAnnually until 2010
Team1992 Ethiopia (2018)
IAU 100 km World ChampionshipsIndividuals1987 Hideaki Yamauchi (2018)2019Annual
IAU 24 Hour World ChampionshipIndividuals2001 Yoshihiko Ishikawa (2017)2019Biennial
Teams2003 Japan (2017)
World Para Athletics ChampionshipsIndividuals1994Most medals (2017)2019Biennial
Australian rules footballAustralian Football International CupNations2002 Papua New Guinea 2017 (2017)2020Triennial
Auto racing see the open section below[1]
BadmintonBWF World ChampionshipsSingles1977 Kento Momota (2018)2019AnnualAnnually since 2006; Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Doubles Li Junhui & Liu Yuchen (2018)
Thomas CupNations1949 China (2018)2020BiennialSince 1984, it has been held concurrently with the women’s Uber Cup.
BandyBandy World ChampionshipNations1957 Russia (2019)2020AnnualThe second Bandy WCs were held in 1961; from that point, the championships were held biennially until 2003; and annually ever since.
Bandy World CupClubs1974 Bollnäs GIF (2019)2019Annual
BaseballWorld Baseball ClassicNations2006 United States (2017)2021QuadrennialStarted in 1938 (as IBAF Baseball World Cup); Restarted in 2006; the first two of these modern WBCs (MLB approved and sanctioned by IBAF) were separated by three years (2006, 2009); moved to quadrennially in 2013 and after.
BasketballFIBA Basketball World CupNations1950 Spain (2019)2023QuadrennialFollowing the 2014 edition, the FIBA Basketball World Cup (but not the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup) has been reset on a new quadrennial cycle. The 2014 (men’s) World Cup will be followed by the 2019 World Cup, avoiding conflict with the FIFA World Cup.
FIBA 3×3 World CupNations2012 United States (2019)2020AnnualBiennial until 2016
FIBA Intercontinental CupClubs1966 AEK B.C. (2019)2020Annual
Beach soccerFIFA Beach Soccer World CupNations1995 Portugal (2019)2021Biennial
Beach volleyballSwatch FIVB World ChampionshipsNations1997 StoyanovskiyKrasilnikov (2019)2021Biennial
BiathlonBiathlon World ChampionshipsSprint 10 km1974 Benedikt Doll (2017)2019AnnualNot held in Winter Olympic Years
Pursuit 12.5 km1997 Martin Fourcade(2017)
Mass start 15 km1999 Simon Schempp(2017)
Individual 20 km1958 Lowell Bailey (2017)
Relay 4×7.5 km1966 Russia (2017)
BilliardsWPA World Nine-ball ChampionshipIndividuals1990 Joshua Filler (2018)2019Annual
WPA World Ten-ball ChampionshipIndividuals2008Ko Ping-chung (2019)TBAAnnual
IBSF World Billiards ChampionshipIndividuals1926Time:  Pankaj Advani
Points:  Nay Thway Oo (2018)
2019Annual
BobsleighFIBT World ChampionshipsFour man1930 Francesco Friedrich
Candy Bauer
Martin Grothkopp
Thorsten Margis (2017)
2019AnnualNot held in Winter Olympic years.
Two man1931 Francesco Friedrich
Thorsten Margis (2017)
BowlsWorld Bowls ChampionshipSingles1966 Shannon McIlroy (2016)2020Quadrennial
Pairs Aaron WilsonBrett Wilkie (2016)
Triples Andrew KnapperJamie WalkerRobert Paxton (2016)
Fours Blake SignalMike KernaghanMike NagyAli Forsyth (2016)
Team New Zealand (2016)
BoxingWorld Amateur Boxing ChampionshipsIndividuals1974Winners in 10 weight classes (2017)2019Biennial
IBF World ChampionIndividualsUp to 17 titles are awardedOngoingVariousAuthorised by the International Boxing Federation
WBA World ChampionIndividualsUp to 17 titles are awardedOngoingVariousAuthorised by the World Boxing Association
WBC World ChampionIndividualsUp to 17 titles are awardedOngoingVariousAuthorised by the World Boxing Council
WBO World ChampionIndividualsUp to 17 titles are awardedOngoingVariousAuthorised by the World Boxing Organization
The Ring World ChampionIndividualsUp to 17 titles are awardedOngoingVariousAuthorised by The Ring magazine
Lineal World ChampionIndividualsUp to 17 titles are awardedOngoingVariousAuthorised by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board
CanoeingICF Canoe Sprint World ChampionshipsIndividuals and teams1938Winners in 17 events (2017)2018AnnualNot held in Summer Olympic years.
ICF Canoe Slalom World ChampionshipsC-11949 Franz Anton (2018)2019AnnualNot held in Summer Olympic years.
C-1 team1949 Slovakia (2018)
C-21949Gauthier Klauss & Matthieu Péché (2017)
C-2 team1949France (2017)
K-11949 Hannes Aigner (2018)
K-1 team1949 Great Britain (2018)
Extreme K12017 Christian De Dionigi(2018)
ICF Canoe Polo World ChampionshipsNations1994 Germany (2018)2020Biennial
CarromCarrom World ChampionshipNations1992 Sri Lanka (2016)2020Quadrennial
CricketICC Cricket World Cup (ODI format)Nations1975 England (2019)2023Quadrennial
ICC T20 World Cup (T20I format)Nations2007 West Indies (2016)2020QuadrennialChanged from odd-numbered years (2007–2009) to even-numbered years (2010–2016). Biennial until 2016. Quadrennial since 2016.
Indoor Cricket World CupNations1995 Australia (2017)2019Biennial
Champions League Twenty20Domestic Teams2008Chennai Super Kings(2014)Discontinued after 2014AnnualThe first Champions League Twenty20 was due to be held in 2008 but could not due to the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Officially discontinued from 2014 due to lack of fan interest.
Blind Cricket World CupNations1998 India (2018)2022Quadrennial
Blind T20 World CupNations2012 India (2017)2022once in five years
Cross-Country SkiingFIS Nordic World Ski Championships15 km & 18 km1925 Iivo Niskanen (2017)2019Biennial
50 km1925 Alex Harvey (2017)
Skiathlon 15+15 km1993 Sjur Røthe (2019)
Sprint2001 Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (2019)
Relay 4×10 km1933 Norway (2017)
Team sprint2005 Russia (2017)
World Para Nordic Skiing ChampionshipsIndividuals1974Winners in 19 events (2017)2019Biennial
CurlingWorld Curling ChampionshipsNations1959 Sweden (2019)2020Annual
CyclingUCI Road World ChampionshipsRoad race1927 Alejandro Valverde(2018)2019Annual
Time trial1994 Rohan Dennis (2018)
Team time trial (trade teams)2012 Team Quick-Step Floors (2018)[2]
Team time trial (nations)1962Italy (1994)[2]DefunctAnnual
UCI Cyclo-cross World ChampionshipsIndividuals1950 Mathieu van der Poel (2019)2020Annual
UCI Mountain Bike World ChampionshipsCross-country1990 Nino Schurter (2018)2019Annual
Downhill1990 Danny Hart (2018)
Four cross2002Mitja Ergraver (2016)
UCI Urban Cycling World ChampionshipsFreestyle BMX20172019Annual
Cross-country eliminator2012 Titouan Perrin-Ganier (2018)
Trials 20-inch1992 Thomas Pechhacker (2018)
Trials 26-inch1995Jack Carthy (2018)
UCI Track Cycling World ChampionshipsIndividuals and nations1893Winners in 10 events (2018); Most medals: 2019Annual
UCI Para-cycling Track World ChampionshipsIndividuals and nations2007Winners in 18 events (2019); Most medals: 2020Annual
DartsBDO World Darts ChampionshipIndividuals1978 Glen Durrant (2019)2020Annual
PDC World Darts ChampionshipIndividuals1994 Michael van Gerwen(2019)2020Annual
PDC World Cup of DartsDoubles2010 Scotland (Gary Anderson & Peter Wright) (2019)2020Annual
WDF World CupNations1977Australia (2017)2019Biennal
DodgeballDodgeball World ChampionshipsNations2012 United States (2019)2020Annual
Equestrian see the open section below[3]
FencingWorld Fencing ChampionshipsFoil1926 Alessio Foconi (2018)2019AnnualChampionships are not held for Olympic events in Summer Olympic years.
Foil team1930 (2018)
Épée1921 Yannick Borel (2018)
Épée team1930 (2018)
Sabre1922 Kim Jung-Hwan (2018)
Sabre team1930 (2018)
Field hockeyFIH Hockey World CupNations1971 Belgium (2018)2023Quadrennial
Indoor Hockey World CupNations2003 Austria (2018)2021Quadrennial
Figure skatingWorld Figure Skating ChampionshipsIndividuals1896 Nathan Chen (2018)2019Annual
FistballFistball World CupNations1968 Germany (2015)2019Quadrennial
FloorballWorld Floorball ChampionshipsNations1996 Finland (2018)2020Biennial
Freestyle SkiingFIS Freestyle World Ski ChampionshipsMoguls1986 Mikaël Kingsbury(2019)2021Biennial
Dual Moguls2001 Mikaël Kingsbury (2019)
Aerials1986 Maxim Burov (2019)
Half-pipe2005 Aaron Blunck (2019)
Slopestyle2011 James Woods (2019)
Ski cross2005 François Place (2019)
Big air2019 Fabian Bösch (2019)
FutsalFIFA Futsal World CupNations1989 Argentina (2016)2020Quadrennial
AMF Futsal World CupNations1982 Colombia (2015)2019QuadrennialOriginally a triennial event, held quadrennially after 2003.
Intercontinental Futsal CupClubs1996 Magnus Futsal (2018)2019Annual
Gliding see the open section below
GolfMission Hills World CupNations1953 Belgium (2018)2021Biennial
GymnasticsWorld Artistic Gymnastics ChampionshipsIndividuals & Teams1903Winners in 7 events (2018)2019AnnualNot held in Olympic Years
Trampoline Gymnastics World ChampionshipsIndividual & Teams1964Winners in 7 events (2018)2019Biennial
Acrobatic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsPair1974 Russia (2018)2020Biennial
Group1974 Israel (2018)
Artistic Gymnastics World CupIndividuals197514 winners (one for each apparatus)2018Annual
Handball (Olympic handball)IHF World Men’s Handball ChampionshipNations1938 Denmark (2019)2021Biennial
IHF Super GlobeClubs1997 FC Barcelona (2018)2019Annual
Handball (Beach handball)World Men’s Beach Handball ChampionshipNations2004 Brazil (2018)2020Biennial
Ice hockeyIIHF World ChampionshipNations1920 Finland (2019)2020Annual
Inline hockeyIIHF Inline Hockey World ChampionshipNations1996 United States (2017)DefunctAnnualThe IIHF cancelled the championship in 2019 and can no longer govern inline hockey.[4]
KabaddiIKF Kabaddi World CupNations2004 Pakistan (2020)2021Triennial
LacrosseWorld Lacrosse ChampionshipNations1967 United States (2018)2022Quadrennial
World Indoor Lacrosse ChampionshipNations2003 Canada (2019)2023Quadrennial
LugeFIL World Luge ChampionshipsMen’s singles1955 Felix Loch (2019)2020Annual
Men’s doubles1955 Toni Eggert
Sascha Benecken (2019)
FIL World Luge Natural Track ChampionshipsMen’s singles1979 Alex Gruber (2017)2019Biennial
Men’s doubles1979 Rupert Brueggler
Tobias Angerer (2017)
2019Biennial
Modern pentathlonWorld Modern Pentathlon ChampionshipsIndividual1949 James Cooke (2018)2019Annual
Team1949 France (2018)
Relay2004 France (2018)
Motorcycling see the open section below[5]
Nine-pin bowlingNine-pin bowling Single’s World ChampionshipsSingle classic2006 Vilmoš Zavarko (2018)2020Biennial
Sprint Vilmoš Zavarko (2018)
Combination Vilmoš Zavarko (2018)
Nine-pin bowling World Team ChampionshipsTeam2005 Serbia (2019)2021Biennial
Nordic CombinedFIS Nordic World Ski Championships10 km individual normal hill1925Johannes Rydzek (2017)2019Biennial
10 km individual large hill1999 Eric Frenzel (2019)2019Biennial
10 km mass start2009Todd Lodwick (2009)Only held in 2009N/ASuspended
National Team Normal Hill 4 x 5 km2011Germany (2017)2019Biennial
National Team Large Hill 2 x 7.5 km1982Germany (2017)2019Biennial
FIS Nordic Combined World CupIndividuals1983–84Jarl Magnus Riiber (2018–19)2019–20Annual
OrienteeringWorld Orienteering ChampionshipsSprint2001Daniel Hubmann (2017)2018Annual
Short distance1991Pasi Ikonen (2001)DefunctBiennial
Middle distance2003Thierry Gueorgiou (2017)2018AnnualOriginally biennially, annually since 2003
Long distance1966Olav Lundanes (2017)2018AnnualOriginally biennially, annually since 2003
Relay1966 Norway (2017)2018AnnualOriginally biennially, annually since 2003
PaddlePaddle World ChampionshipNations1992 Argentina (2016)2018Biennial
Pitch and puttPitch and Putt World CupNations2004 Ireland (2016)2020Quadrennial
World Strokeplay ChampionshipIndividuals2009Liam O’Donovan (2017)2021Quadrennial
PoloWorld Polo ChampionshipNations1987 Chile (2015)2019Triennial
Real tennisReal Tennis World ChampionshipIndividuals[D]1740Camden Riviere (2016)2018Biennial
Roller derbyMRDA ChampionshipsTeams2017 St. Louis GateKeepers (2017)2018Annual
Roller hockeyRoller Hockey World CupNations1936 Portugal (2019)2021BiennialCurrent FIRS cups restarted in 1958
RowingWorld Rowing ChampionshipsNations1962Winners in 13 events (2018)2019AnnualChampionships are not held for Olympic/Paralympic events in Summer Olympic/Paralympic years
Rugby leagueRugby League World CupNations1954 Australia (2017)2021QuadrennialQuadrennial after 2013
Rugby unionRugby World CupNations1987 South Africa (2019)2023Quadrennial
Rugby union sevensRugby World Cup SevensNations1993 New Zealand (2018)2022QuadrennialIn June 2013, World Rugby (then known as the International Rugby Board) announced that it had reconsidered a previous decision to scrap the Rugby World Cup Sevens. After 2013, the next event will be in 2018, and will be held quadrennially afterwards.[6]
ScullingWorld Sculling ChampionshipIndividuals1831Evans Fischer (1957)Annual
SailingOver 30 Various TitlesIndividuals and TeamsAnnuallySee World Championships in Sailing
ShootingISSF World Shooting ChampionshipsIndividuals and nations1897Winners in 18 events(2018)2022Quadrennial
ISSF World Shotgun ChampionshipsIndividuals and nations1934Winners in 6 events (2019)2021Biennial
ISSF World CupIndividuals1986Winners in 9 events (2019)2020Annual
SkateboardingWorld Skateboarding ChampionshipPark2016 Heimana Reynolds (2019)2020Annual
Street2010 Nyjah Huston (2019)
SkeletonFIBT World ChampionshipsIndividual1930 Martins Dukurs (2017)2019AnnualNot held in Winter Olympic years.
Ski jumpingFIS Nordic World Ski ChampionshipsIndividuals normal hill1962Stefan Kraft (2017)2019Biennial
Individuals large hill1925 Markus Eisenbichler(2019)2021Biennial
National Team normal hill2001 Austria (2011)DefunctBiennialNot held in 2007 and 2009, after 2011 mixed team replaced this event
National Team large hill1962 Poland (2017)2019Biennial
FIS Ski-Flying World ChampionshipsIndividuals1972Daniel-André Tande (2016)2020Biennial
National Team2004 Norway (2018)2020Biennial
Ski mountaineeringWorld Championships of Ski MountaineeringNations, individuals, teams, relays, long distances2002Winners in 5 events (2017)2019BiennialRelays held since 2004; Long Distance only 2008.
SnookerWorld Snooker ChampionshipIndividuals1927 Judd Trump (2019)2020AnnualThis championship is open to both sexes, but no woman has ever won the event.[7]
IBSF World Snooker ChampionshipIndividuals1963 Chang Bingyu (2018)2019AnnualAlso known as the World Amateur Snooker Championship
SnowboardingFIS Snowboard World ChampionshipsBig air2003Roope Tonteri (2017)2021Biennial
Slopestyle2011 Chris Corning (2019)
Halfpipe1996 Scotty James (2019)
Snowboard cross1997 Mick Dierdorff (2019)
Parallel slalom1996 Dmitry Loginov (2019)
Parallel giant slalom1999 Dmitry Loginov (2019)
Speed skatingWorld Allround Speed Skating ChampionshipsIndividuals1889Patrick Roest (2018)2019Annual
World Sprint Speed Skating ChampionshipsIndividuals1970Håvard Holmefjord Lorentzen (2019)2019Annual
World Single Distance Championships500m1995 Ruslan Murashov (2019)2020AnnualIn Winter Olympic years, the World Single Distance Championships are not held.
1000m Kai Verbij (2019)
1500m Thomas Krol (2019)
5000m Sverre Lunde Pedersen (2019)
10000m Jorrit Bergsma (2019)
Team Pursuit2005 Netherlands (2019)
Mass start2015 Joey Mantia (2017)
World Short Track Speed Skating Championships500m1976Hwang Dae-heon (2018)2019AnnualAlthough the International Skating Union did not conduct an official World Short Track Championship until 1981, it began organising international events in 1976. All annual ISU-sanctioned international championships from 1976 to 1980 are now retrospectively recognised as World Championships.
1000mCharles Hamelin (2018)
1500mCharles Hamelin (2018)
3000mShaolin Sándor Liu (2018)
5000m RelaySouth Korea (2018)
OverallCharles Hamelin (2018)
World Short Track Speed Skating Team ChampionshipsNations1991Korea (2011)Discontinued after 2011Annual
SquashPSA World ChampionshipIndividuals1976 Ali Farag (2018–19)2019–20Annual
World International Doubles Squash ChampionshipsDoubles teams1997Ryan Cuskelly & Cameron Pilley (2019)TBAIntermittent
WSF World Team Squash ChampionshipsNations1967 Egypt (2017)2019Biennial2015 Championship cancelled
Table tennisWorld Table Tennis ChampionshipsSingles1926Ma Long (2017)2019Biennial
DoublesFan Zhendong & Xu Xin(2017)
World Team Table Tennis ChampionshipsNations1926 China (2016)2018Biennial
TaekwondoWorld Taekwondo ChampionshipsIndividuals1973Winners in 8 events (2019)2021Biennial
Nations South Korea (2019)
TchoukballWorld Tchoukball ChampionshipNations1970 Republic of China (2017)2019Biennial
Ten-pin bowlingWTBA World ChampionshipsNations1954Most medals:  (2018)2021AnnualBiennially until 2010
TennisDavis CupNations1900 Spain (2019)2020AnnualNote: The Davis Cup is not formally a world championship, but is traditionally held as equivalent in status. Only the teams in the World Group actually compete for the Davis Cup proper; other teams play to (eventually) reach the World Group.
World Team CupNations1978 Serbia (2012)DefunctAnnual
TriathlonITU World Triathlon SeriesIndividuals1989 Mario Mola (2018)2019Annual
VolleyballFIVB Volleyball Men’s World ChampionshipNations1949 Poland (2018)2022Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball Men’s World CupNations1965 Brazil (2019)2023Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions CupNations1993 Brazil (2017)2021Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations LeagueNations2018 Russia (2018)[8]2019AnnualIt replaced the FIVB Volleyball World League (1990–2017)
FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World ChampionshipClubs1989 Volley Lube (2019)2020Annual
Wrestling (amateur)World Wrestling ChampionshipsIndividuals and Nations1904Winners in 16 events (2018)2019AnnualNot held in Summer Olympic years.
Wrestling World Cup (freestyle)Nations1973 United States (2018)2019Annual
Wrestling World Cup (Greco-Roman)Nations1980 Russia (2017)2018Annual

Female[edit]

SportCompetition nameCompeting
entities
First
held
Current holderNextFrequencyDetails & notes
Alpine skiingFIS Alpine World Ski ChampionshipsDownhill1931 Ilka Štuhec (2019)2021Biennial
Super G1987 Mikaela Shiffrin (2019)
Giant slalom1931 Petra Vlhová (2019)
Slalom1931 Mikaela Shiffrin (2019)
Combined1932 Wendy Holdener (2019)
FIS Alpine Ski World CupIndividuals1967 Mikaela Shiffrin(2018–19)2019–20Annual
Nations Austria (2018–19)
World Para Alpine Skiing ChampionshipsIndividuals1972Winners in 30 events (2019)2021Biennial
ArcheryWorld Archery ChampionshipsIndividual recurve1931 Lei Chien-ying (2019)2021Biennial
Individual compound1995 Natalia Avdeeva (2019)Biennial
Team recurve1931 Chinese Taipei (2019)Biennial
Team compound1995 Chinese Taipei (2019)Biennial
Association footballFIFA Women’s World CupNations1991 United States (2019)2023Quadrennial
AquaticsFINA World Aquatics ChampionshipsIndividuals[R]1973Winners in 37 events (2017)2019Biennial
FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m)Individuals[R]1993Winners in 20 events (2018)2020Biennial
AthleticsIAAF World Championships in AthleticsIndividuals[R]1983Winners in 24 events (2017)2019Biennial1983–1991 quadrennially, biennially from 1993
IAAF World Indoor ChampionshipsIndividuals[R]1985Winners in 13 events (2018); Most medals: United States2020Biennial
IAAF World Cross Country ChampionshipsIndividuals1973 Irene Cheptai (2017)2019Biennial
Teams Kenya (2017)
IAAF World Half Marathon ChampionshipsIndividuals1992 Netsanet Gudeta (2018)2020Biennial
Teams Ethiopia (2018)
IAU 100 km World ChampionshipsIndividuals1987 Nikolina Šustić (2018)2019Annual
IAU 24 Hour World ChampionshipIndividuals2001 Patrycja Bereznowska (2017)2019Biennial
Teams2003 United States (2017)
World Para Athletics ChampionshipsIndividuals1994Winners in 76 events (2017)2019Biennial
Auto racing see the open section below[1]
BadmintonBWF World ChampionshipsSingles1977 Carolina Marin (2018)2019AnnualNot held in Summer Olympic years
Doubles Mayu Matsumoto & Wakana Nagahara (2018)
Uber CupNations1957 China (2018)2020BiennialBiennially since 1984 it has been held concurrently with the men’s Thomas Cup.
BandyBandy World ChampionshipNations2004 Sweden (2018)2020BiennialAnnually from 2006 to 2008, then biennially
Bandy World Cup WomenClubs2003Skutskärs IF (2019)2020Annual
BaseballWomen’s Baseball World CupNations2004 Japan (2018)2020Biennial
BasketballFIBA Women’s Basketball World CupNations1953 United States (2018)2022Quadrennial
FIBA 3×3 World CupNations2012 China (2019)2020AnnualBiennial until 2016
Beach volleyballSwatch FIVB World ChampionshipsNations1997 PavanHumana-Paredes (2019)2021Biennial
BiathlonBiathlon World ChampionshipsSprint 7.5 km1984 Anastasiya Kuzmina (2019)2020AnnualNot held in Winter Olympic Year.
Pursuit 10 km1997 Denise Herrmann (2019)
Mass start 12.5 km1999 Dorothea Wierer (2019)
Individual 15 km1984 Hanna Öberg (2019)
Relay 4×6 km1984 Norway (2019)
BobsleighFIBT World ChampionshipsTwo woman2000 Elana Meyers
Kehri Jones (2017)
2019AnnualNot held in Winter Olympic years.
BowlsWorld Bowls ChampionshipSingles1969Karen Murphy (2016)2020Quadrennial
Pairs Laura DanielsJess Sims (2016)
Triples Natasha ScottRebecca Van AschCarla Krizanic (2016)
Fours Natasha ScottRebecca Van AschCarla KrizanicKelsey Cottrell (2016)
Team Australia (2016)
World Indoor Bowls ChampionshipsSingles1988 Julie Forrest (2019)2020Annual
BoxingWorld Amateur Boxing ChampionshipsIndividuals2001Winners in 13 weight classes; Most medals: China2019Biennial
CanoeingICF Canoe Sprint World ChampionshipsIndividuals and teams1938Winners in 10 events (2018)2019AnnualNot held in Winter Olympic years
ICF Canoe Slalom World ChampionshipsK-11949 Jessica Fox (2018)2019AnnualNot held in Summer Olympic years
K-1 team1949 France (2018)
C-12009 Jessica Fox (2018)
C-1 team2011 Great Britain (2015)
ICF Canoe Polo World ChampionshipsNations1994 Germany (2018)2020Biennial
CricketWomen’s Cricket World Cup (WODI format)Nations1973 England (2017)2021Quadrennial
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup (WT20I format)Nations2009 Australia (2018)2020BiennialBiennially from 2010
Cross-country skiingFIS Nordic World Ski Championships10 km1954Charlotte Kalla (2015)2021Biennial
Skiathlon 15 km1993 Therese Johaug (2019)
30 km1980Therese Johaug (2015)
Sprint2001 Maiken Caspersen Falla (2019)
Team Sprint2005 Sweden (2019)
Relay 4×5 km1954Norway (2015)
World Para Nordic Skiing ChampionshipsIndividuals197420192021Biennial
CurlingWorld Curling ChampionshipsNations1979 Canada (2018)2019Annual
CyclingUCI Road World ChampionshipsRoad race1958 Anna van der Breggen(2018)2019AnnualThe UCI Road World Championships were first contested in 1927, but women’s championships were not added until 1958.
Time trial1994 Annemiek van Vleuten(2018)
Team time trial (trade)2012Canyon-SRAM (2018)[2]
Team time trial (nations)1987Russia (1994)DefunctAnnual
UCI Mountain Bike World ChampionshipsCross-country1990 Kate Courtney (2018)2019Annual
Downhill1990 Rachel Atherton (2018)
Four-cross2002 Caroline Buchanan (2017)Defunct
UCI Urban Cycling World ChampionshipsFreestyle BMX20172019Annual
Cross-country eliminator2012 Coline Clauzure (2018)
Trials2001 Nina Reichenbach (2018)
UCI Cyclo-cross World ChampionshipsIndividuals2000 Sanne Cant (2018)2020AnnualThe UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships were first contested in 1950, but a women’s championship was not added until 2000.
UCI Track Cycling World ChampionshipsIndividuals and nations1958Winners in 10 events (2018)2019AnnualThe UCI Track Cycling World Championships were first contested in 1893, but women’s championships were not added until 1958.
UCI Para-cycling Track World ChampionshipsIndividuals and nations2007Winners in 15 events (2018); Most medals: Great Britain2019
DartsBDO World Darts ChampionshipIndividuals2001 Mikuru Suzuki (2019)2020AnnualThe BDO World Darts Championship was first contested in 1978, but a women’s championship was not added until 2001.
WDF World CupNations1983 Netherlands(2017)2019BiennialThe WDF World Cup was first contested in 1977, but a women’s championship was not added until 1983.
DodgeballDodgeball World ChampionshipsNations2012 United States (2019)2020Annual
Equestrian see the open section below[3]
FencingWorld Fencing ChampionshipsFoil1929 Alive Volpi (2018)2019AnnualChampionships are not held for Olympic events in Summer Olympic years
Foil team1932 United States (2018)
Épée1988 Mara Navarria (2018)
Épée team1988 United States (2018)
Sabre1999 Sofia Pozdniakova(2018)
Sabre team1999 France (2018)
Field hockeyFIH Hockey World CupNations1974 Netherlands (2018)2022Quadrennial
Indoor Hockey World CupNations2003 Germany (2018)2021Quadrennial
Figure skatingWorld Figure Skating ChampionshipsIndividuals1906 Kaetlyn Osmond (2018)2019Annual
FistballFistball World CupNations1994 Germany (2018)2020
FloorballFloorball World ChampionshipsNations1997 Sweden (2017)2019Biennial
Freestyle skiingFIS Freestyle World Ski ChampionshipsMoguls1986 Yulia Galysheva (2019)2021Biennial
Dual Moguls2001 Perrine Laffont (2019)
Aerials1986 Aliaksandra Ramanouskaya (2019)
Half-pipe2005 Kelly Sildaru (2019)
Slopestyle2011 Tess Ledeux (2017)Cancelled in 2019.
Ski cross2005 Marielle Thompson (2019)
Big air2019 Tess Ledeux (2019)
FutsalAMF Futsal Women’s World CupNations2008 Brazil (2017)2021Quadrennial
GlidingWomen’s World Gliding ChampionshipsIndividuals2001Winners in 3 classes (2017)2019BiennialThe duration between World Gliding Championships varies slightly, dependent on the hemisphere of the next planned edition.
GymnasticsWorld Artistic Gymnastics ChampionshipsIndividuals and nations1903Winners in 6 events (2018)2019AnnualNot held in years with a Summer Olympics
Rhythmic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsIndividuals and nations1963Winners in 9 events (2018)2019BiennialChanged from 2005
Trampoline Gymnastics World ChampionshipsIndividual & teams1964Winners in 7 events (2018)2019Biennial
Acrobatic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsPairs1974 Russia (2018)2020Biennial
Groups1974 Russia (2018)
HandballIHF World Women’s Handball ChampionshipNations1957 Netherlands (2019)2021Biennial
Handball (Beach Handball)World Women’s Beach Handball ChampionshipNations2004 Greece (2018)2020Biennial
Ice hockeyIIHF World Women’s ChampionshipsNations1990 United States (2017)2019AnnuallyOriginally held every two years (no championship in 1996). Since 1997, annual except in Winter Olympic years for the top level of competition (champion listed here). Lower levels of the championships used the same schedule until 2014, when they adopted an annual schedule including championships in Olympic years.
Indoor hockeyIndoor Hockey World CupNations2003 Germany (2018)2022Quadrennial
LacrosseWomen’s Lacrosse World CupNations1982 United States (2017)2021Quadrennial
LugeFIL World Luge ChampionshipsIndividual1955 Natalie Geisenberger(2019)2020Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track ChampionshipsIndividual1979 Greta Pinggera (2017)2019Biennial
Motorcycling see the open section below[9]
MotorcyclingFIM Women’s Motocross World ChampionshipIndividuals2008 Kiara Fontanesi (2018)2019Annual
FIM Women’s Enduro World ChampionshipIndividuals2010 Laia Sanz (2018)2019Annual
Modern pentathlonWorld Modern Pentathlon ChampionshipsIndividual1981 Anastasiya Prokopenko (2018)2020Biennial
Team1981 Hungary (2018)
Relay2004 (2018)
NetballWorld Netball ChampionshipsNations1963 New Zealand (2019)2023Quadrennial
Nine-pin bowlingNine-pin bowling Single’s World ChampionshipsSingle classic2006 Sina Beißer (2018)2020Biennial
Sprint Ines Maričić (2018)
Combination Jasmina Anđelković (2018)
Nine-pin bowling World Team ChampionshipsTeam2005 Croatia (2019)2021Biennial
OrienteeringWorld Orienteering ChampionshipsSprint2001 Maja Alm (2018)2019AnnualOriginally biennially, annually since 2003
Short distance1991Hanne Staff (2001)DefunctBiennial
Middle Distance2003 Natalia Gemperle (2018)2019AnnualOriginally biennally, annually since 2003
Long distance1966 Tove Alexandersson(2018)2019AnnualOriginally biennally, annually since 2003
Relay1966 Switzerland (2018)2019AnnualOriginally biennally, annually since 2003
Orienteering World CupIndividuals1986 Tove Alexandersson (2018)2019AnnualUnofficial title cups held in 1983 and 1984 (first official cup in 1986); held biennially until 2004, now annually
Real tennisReal Tennis World ChampionshipIndividuals[D]1740Winners in 2 events (2017)2019Biennial
RingetteWorld Ringette ChampionshipsNations1990 Finland (2017)2019TriennialBiennially 1990–2004
Ringette World Club ChampionshipClubs2008 LL-89 (2011)Triennial2014 event cancelled
Roller derbyWFTDA ChampionshipsTeams2018 Rose City Rollers2019Annual
Roller hockeyWomen’s Roller Hockey World CupNations1992 (2017)2019Biennial
RowingWorld Rowing ChampionshipsNations1974Winners in 9 events (2018)2019AnnualChampionships are not held for Olympic/Paralympic events in Summer Olympic/Paralympic years
FISA Rowing World CupNations1997Winners in 6 events (2018)2019Annual
Rugby leagueWomen’s Rugby League World CupNations2000Australia (2017)2021QuadrennialQuadrennially after 2013
Rugby unionWomen’s Rugby World CupNations1991 New Zealand (2017)2021QuadrennialAfter the first event in 1991, a consistent four-year cycle was established in 1994 and ran through 2014. A new four-year cycle was established in 2017.
Rugby union sevensRugby World Cup SevensNations2009 New Zealand (2018)2022QuadrennialThe Rugby World Cup Sevens was first contested in 1993, but a women’s tournament was not added until 2009[6]
SailingOver 30 Various TitlesIndividuals and TeamsAnnuallySee World Championships in Sailing
ShootingISSF World Shooting ChampionshipsIndividuals and nations1958Winners in 23 events (2018)2022Quadrennial
ISSF World Shotgun ChampionshipsIndividuals and nations1967Winners in 4 events (2019)2021Biennial
ISSF World CupIndividuals1986Winners in 6 events (2019)2020Annual
SkateboardingWorld Skateboarding ChampionshipPark2016 Misugu Okamoto (2019)2020Annual
Street2010 Pamela Rosa (2019)
SkeletonFIBT World ChampionshipsIndividual2000 Jacqueline Lölling(2017)2019AnnualNot held in years with Winter Olympics.
Ski jumpingFIS Nordic World Ski ChampionshipsIndividuals normal hill2009 Carina Vogt (2017)2019Biennial
Ski mountaineeringWorld Championships of Ski MountaineeringNations, individuals, teams, relays, long distances2002Winners in 6 events (2017)2019BiennialRelays added (2004); Long Distance added (2008)
SnowboardingFIS Snowboard World ChampionshipsIndividuals halfpipe1996 Chloe Kim (2019)2021Biennial
Individuals slopestyle2011 Zoi Sadowski-Synnott(2019)
Individuals snowboard cross1997 Eva Samková (2019)
Individuals parallel slalom1996 Julie Zogg (2019)
Individuals parallel giant slalom1999 Selina Jörg (2019)
Individuals big air2015 Anna Gasser (2017)
SoftballWomen’s Softball World ChampionshipNations1965 United States (2018)2020BiennialQuadrennially from 1970 to 2010, now biennially
World Cup of SoftballNations2005 Japan (2017)2019Annual
Speed skatingWorld All-Round Speed Skating ChampionshipsIndividuals1933 Miho Takagi (2018)2019Annual
World Sprint Speed Skating ChampionshipsIndividuals1970 Nao Kodaira (2019)2020Annual
World Single Distance Championships500m1995 Vanessa Herzog (2019)2020AnnualIn Winter Olympic years, the World Single Distance Championships are not held.
1000m Brittany Bowe (2019)
1500m Ireen Wust (2019)
3000m Martina Sáblíková (2019)
10000m Martina Sáblíková (2019)
Mass start2015 Irene Schouten (2019)
Team pursuit2005 Netherlands (2019)
World Short Track Speed Skating Championships500m1976 Choi Min-jeong (2018)2019AnnualNote: Although the International Skating Union did not conduct an official World Short Track Championship until 1981, it began organising international events in 1976. All annual ISU-sanctioned international championships from 1976 to 1980 are now retrospectively recognised as World Championships.
1000m Choi Min-jeong (2018)
1500m Choi Min-jeong (2018)
3000m Choi Min-jeong (2018)
3000m relay South Korea (2018)
Overall Choi Min-jeong (2018)
World Short Track Speed Skating Team ChampionshipsNations1991Korea (2011)Discontinued after 2011Annual
SquashPSA World ChampionshipIndividuals1979 Raneem El Weleily(2017)2018-19Annual
World Doubles Squash ChampionshipsDoubles teams1997 Shelley Kitchen & Tamsyn Leevey (2006)TBAIntermittent
WSF World Team Squash ChampionshipsNations1979 Egypt (2018)2020Biennial
Table tennisWorld Table Tennis ChampionshipsSingles1926 Ding Ning (2017)2019Biennial
Doubles Maharu Yoshimura & Kasumi Ishikawa (2017)
World Team Table Tennis ChampionshipsNations1933 China (2018)2020Biennial
TaekwondoWorld Taekwondo ChampionshipsIndividuals1973Winners in 8 events (2019)2021Biennial
Nations South Korea (2019)
TchoukballWorld Tchoukball ChampionshipsNations1980Republic of China (2015)2019Quadrennial
Ten-pin bowlingWTBA World ChampionshipsNations1963Winners in 6 events (2017)2019Biennial
TennisFed CupNations1963 Czech Republic (2018)[10]2019AnnualNote: The Fed Cup is not formally a world championship, but is traditionally held as equivalent in status. It was called Federation Cup until 1995.
TriathlonITU World Triathlon SeriesIndividuals1989 Vicky Holland (2018)2019Annual
VolleyballWomen’s World ChampionshipNations1952 Serbia (2018)2022Quadrennial
Women’s World CupNations1973 China (2015)2019Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions CupNations1993 Brazil (2017)2021Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nations LeagueNations2018 United States (2019)2020AnnualIt replaced the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix (1993–2017)
FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World ChampionshipClubs1991 Imoco Volley (2019)2020Annual
Water poloFINA Water Polo World CupNations1979 Hungary (2018)2022QuadrennialOriginally biennially, quadrennially after 2002
FINA Water Polo World ChampionshipNations1986 United States (2017)2019BiennialBiennially since 2001
Wrestling (amateur)World Wrestling ChampionshipsIndividuals1987Winners in 8 events (2018)2019Annual
Wrestling World CupNations2001 (2018)2019Annual

Open[edit]

SportCompetition nameCompeting entitiesFirst
held
Current holderNextFrequencyDetails and notes
3-Cushion
(Billiards)
Three-Cushion World CupIndividuals1986 Tayfun Taşdemir (2019)2020Insertual
World three-cushion billiards championshipIndividuals1928 Dick Jaspers (2018)2019Annual
Air racingRed Bull Air Race World ChampionshipIndividuals2003 Matt Hall (2019)DefunctAnnualNot held in 2011–2013, discontinued for 2020
Auto racing
A1 Grand PrixNations2005–06 Republic of Ireland (2008–09)DefunctAnnual
Formula One World ChampionshipIndividuals1950Lewis Hamilton (2019)2020Annual
Constructors1958Mercedes (2019)
FIA World Endurance ChampionshipIndividuals2012Timo Bernhard
Earl Bamber &
Brendon Hartley (2017)
2018Annual
ManufacturersPorsche (2017)
FIA GT1 World ChampionshipIndividuals2010Marc Basseng and
Markus Winkelhock (2012)
DefunctAnnualAnnually until 2012
TeamsMünnich Motorsport (2012)
FIA World Cup for Cross-Country RalliesIndividuals1993 Stephane Peterhansel (2019)2020Annual
Teams X-Raid (2019)
FIA World Cup for Cross-Country BajasIndividuals2019 Orlando Terranova (2019)2020AnnualBaja events split off from cross-country rally competition after original bajas competition was combined with rallies world cup in 2012.
Teams X-Raid (2019)
World Rally ChampionshipIndividuals1977 Ott Tänak (2019)2020Annual
Manufacturers1973Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT (2019)
World Touring Car ChampionshipIndividuals1987Thed Björk (2017)DefunctAnnualchanged name to the World Touring Car Cup.
ManufacturersVolvo (2017)
World Touring Car CupIndividuals2018 Gabriele Tarquini (2018)2019Annual“World Touring Car Cup” was used between 1993 and 1995 when it was a single event.
Teams M Racing-YMR (2018)
World Manufacturers’ ChampionshipManufacturers1925Delage (1927)DefunctAnnualAnnually until 1927
World Sportscar ChampionshipManufacturers;
from 1985 teams
1953Peugeot Talbot Sport (1992)DefunctAnnualAnnually until 1992. Resumed as FIA World Endurance Championship
Individuals1981Yannick Dalmas
Derek Warwick (1992)
Annual
Karting World ChampionshipIndividuals1964 Lorenzo Travisanutto (2018)2019Annual
BowlsWorld Indoor Bowls ChampionshipsSingles1979 Mark Dawes (2019)2020Annualoriginally just men’s singles but now open
Pairs1986 Mark DawesJamie Chestney (2019)originally just men’s pairs but now open
Bull ridingPBR Global CupNations2017 BRA (2019)2020Annual
PBR World CupNations2007 Brazil (2010)DefunctAnnualDiscontinued after 2010
EquestrianDressage World CupIndividuals1986 Isabell Werth (2018)2019Annual
World Four-in-Hand ChampionshipsTeams and Individuals1972 Boyd Exell (individual)
 Netherlands (team); (2018)
2020Biennial
FEI World Equestrian GamesIndividuals1990Winners in 26 events (2018)2022Quadrennial
Mounted Games World Individual ChampionshipsIndividuals1986 Widukind Moormann (2018)2019Annual
Mounted Games World Pairs ChampionshipsPairs1992 Joe Garnett
 Colin Verdelhan (2018)
2019Annual
Mounted Games World Team ChampionshipsTeam1986 Ireland (2018)2019Annual
Show Jumping World CupIndividuals1979 Beezie Madden (2018)2019Annual
GlidingFAI World Glider Aerobatic ChampionshipsIndividuals1985 Ferenc Tóth (2018)2019Annual
Nations Germany (2018)
World Gliding ChampionshipsIndividuals1937Winners in 6 classes (2018)2020BiennialThe duration between World Gliding Championships varies slightly, dependent on the hemisphere of the next planned edition.
ParaglidingParagliding World CupIndividual1992Winners in 5 competitions (2016)2017-18Annual
MotorcyclingFIM MotoGP World ChampionshipMoto3 Individual2012 Jorge Martin (2018)2019AnnualUntil 2012 as 125cc
Moto2 Individual2010 Francesco Bagnaia (2018)Until 2010 as 250cc
MotoGP Individual2002 Marc Márquez (2018)Until 2002 as 500cc
Moto3 Constructor2012Honda (2018)2019Annual
Moto2 Constructor2010Kalex (2018)
MotoGP Constructor2002Honda (2018)
Supercross World ChampionshipIndividuals2003 Jason Anderson (2018)2019Annual
Motocross World ChampionshipMX2 Individual2003 Jorge Prado Garcia (2018)2019Annual
MXGP Individual2003 Jeffrey Herlings (2018)
MX2 Constructor2003KTM (2018)2019Annual
MXGP Constructor2003KTM (2018)
FIM Cross-Country Rallies World ChampionshipRiders1999 Sam Sunderland (2019)2020Annual
Manufacturers1999 KTM (2019)
FIM Bajas World CupRiders2012 Benjamin Melot (2019)2020Annual
Manufacturers2012 KTM (2019)
FIM World Enduro ChampionshipE32004 Steve Holcombe (2018)2019Annual
E22004 Eero Remes (2018)
E12004 Brad Freeman (2018)
FIM sidecarcross World ChampionshipPairs1980Jan Hendrickx
Ben van den Bogaart (2016)
2017Annual
Speedway World Team Cup (1960–2000)
Speedway World Cup (since 2001)
National Team1960Poland (2017)2018Annual
Speedway World Pairs ChampionshipNational pair1970Sweden (1993)DefunctAnnualAnnually until 1993
Individual Speedway World Championship (1936–1994)
Speedway Grand Prix (since 1995)
Individuals1936 Tai Woffinden (2018)2019Annual
Individual Ice Racing World ChampionshipIndividuals[11]1966Dmitry Koltakov (2017)2018Annual
Team Ice Racing World ChampionshipNations1979Russia (2017)2018Annual
Sidecar World ChampionshipPairs1949 Ben Birchall (driver) &
Tom Birchall (passenger) (2018)
2019Annual
Endurance FIM World ChampionshipTeam1975 F.C.C TSR Honda France (2018)2019Annual
Superbike World ChampionshipIndividuals1988 Jonathan Rea (2018)2019Annual
ManufacturersKawasaki (2018)
Supersport World ChampionshipIndividuals1999 Sandro Cortese (2018)2019Annual
ManufacturersYamaha (2018)
FIM Superstock 1000 ChampionshipIndividuals2000 Markus Reiterberger (2018)DefunctAnnual
ManufacturersBMW S1000RR (2018)
PétanquePétanque World ChampionshipsNations1959 France (2018)2020Biennial
Pitch and puttPitch and Putt World CupNations2004Ireland (2016)2020Quadrennial
Practical shootingIPSC Handgun World ShootsIndividuals1975 Ben Stoeger (2017)2020TriennialWinner(s) of largest division(s)
TeamsUnited States Production Team (2014Simon RacazaBen Stoeger, Matthew MinkDefunct
IPSC Rifle World ShootsIndividuals2017Teemu Rintala2019
TeamsFinland Open Team (2017Teemu RintalaRaine Peltokoski, Jarkko Laukia, Kim Leppänen
IPSC Shotgun World ShootsIndividuals2012 Josh Froelich (2018)2021
TeamsRussia Standard Team (2018Roman AnikinRoman KhalitovSergey Orlov
Oleg Kudryavtsev
IPSC Action Air World ShootsIndividuals2018 Chun Ki Wu (2018)2021
Teams Hong Kong (2018)
Motorboat racingClass 1 World Powerboat ChampionshipIndividual Boats1992Team Abu Dhabi (2016)2017Annual
F1 Powerboat World ChampionshipIndividual1981 Shaun Torrente (2018)2019Annual
UIM Powerboat GPS World ChampionshipIndividual boats2003Winners in 3 classesDefunctAnnualAnnually until 2011, known as Powerboat P1 World Championship up to 2009
AeromodellingFAI F1D World Championships for Free Flight Indoor Model AircraftIndividual1960Yuan Kang Lee (2016)2018Biennial
FAI F2 World Championships for Control Line Model AircraftIndividual1960Winners in 4 classes2018Biennial
FAI F3A World Championship for Aerobatic Model AircraftIndividuals and nations1960Christophe Paysant Le-Roux2017Biennial
United States
FAI F3C World Championships for Model HelicoptersIndividuals and nations1985Hiroki Ito2017Biennial
Japan
FAI F3N World Championships for Model HelicoptersIndividuals and nations2013Eric Weber2017Biennial
Israel
FAI F3P World Championship for Indoor Aerobatic Model AircraftIndividuals and nations2011Gernot Bruckmann2017Biennial
Austria
FAI F3D World Championship for Pylon Racing Model AircraftIndividuals and nations1985Randy Bridge2017Biennial
Czech Republic
FAI F3K World Championship for Model GlidersIndividuals and nations2011Alex Hewson2017Biennial
New Zealand
FAI F3F World Championship for Model GlidersIndividuals and nations2012František Ruisl2016Biennial
France
FAI F3J World Championship for Model GlidersIndividuals and nations1998Jan Littva2016Biennial
New Zealand
FAI F4 World Championships for Scale Model AircraftIndividual1970Winners in 2 classes2018Biennial
FAI F5 World Championships for Electric Model AircraftIndividuals and nations1986Winners in 2 classes2018Biennial
FAI S World Championships for Space ModelsIndividual1972Robert Kreutz2018Biennial
Radio-controlled car racingIFMAR 1:8 IC Track World ChampionshipIndividual1977 Shoki Takahata (2019)2021Biennial
IFMAR 1:10 Electric Off-Road World Championship, 2WDIndividual1985 Spencer Rivkin (2019)2021Double header single host event
IFMAR 1:10 Electric Off-Road World Championship, 4WDIndividual Bruno Coehlo (2019)
IFMAR 1:5 Touring Car World ChampionshipIndividual2001 Marko Grigić (2019)2021
IFMAR 1:8 IC GT World ChampionshipIndividual2020 Jörn Neumann (2020)2021
IFMAR 1:8 IC Off-Road World ChampionshipIndividual1986 Davide Ongaro (2018)2020
IFMAR 1:12 Electric Track World ChampionshipIndividual1982 Marc Rheinard (2020)2022Double header single host event from 2002 up to 2018, triple in 2000 with PRO 10
IFMAR 1:12 Electric Track World Championship, stockIndividual Andy Murray (2020)Not held between 1986 through 2016, ran as World Cup event in 2018.
IFMAR ISTC World ChampionshipIndividual2000 Bruno Coehlo (2018)2022Double header single host event from 2002 up to 2018, triple in 2000 with PRO 10
IFMAR 1:10 200mm Nitro Touring Car World ChampionshipIndividual2002 Naoto Matsukura (2018)2020Double header single host event from 2002 up to 2018, triple in 2000 with PRO 10
Radio-controlled boat sailingIRSA – 10 Rater World ChampionshipsIndividual1999 Brad Gibson (2016)UndefinedVariousAuthorised by World Sailing and the International Radio Sailing Association
IRSA – A Class World ChampionshipsIndividual Graham Bantock (2005)UndefinedVarious
IRSA – Marblehead World ChampionshipsIndividual Brad Gibson (2018)BiennialVarious
IRSA – One Metre World ChampionshipIndividual1994 Zvonko Jelacic (2017)2019Biennial
SailingOver 80 Various TitlesIndividuals and TeamsAnnuallySee World Championships in Sailing
SpeedcubingWCA World ChampionshipIndividuals1982 Philipp Weyer (2019)2021BiannualNote: The World Championships were first held in 1982, but they only became biannual at the second World Championship, in 2003. Feliks Zemdegs is the only person to have won twice.
Rubik’s Nations CupNations2017 Germany 1 (2019)2021BiannualNote: Countries can form multiple teams
Tug of warTWIF Indoor World ChampionshipsNations1976Winners in various weight classes (2016)2018Biennial
TWIF Outdoor World ChampionshipsNations1976Winners in various weight classes (2016)2018Biennial

Mixed-sex teams[edit]

SportCompetition nameCompeting entitiesFirst
held
Current holderNextFrequencyDetails and notes
ArcheryWorld Archery ChampionshipsTeam recurve
male – female pair
1931 South Korea(2017)2019Biennial
Team compound
male – female pair
1995 South Korea(2017)2019Biennial
BadmintonBWF World ChampionshipsMixed Doubles1977 Tontowi Ahmad & Liliyana Natsir(2017)2018AnnualNot held in Summer Olympic years.
Sudirman CupNations1989 South Korea (2017)2019Biennial
BasketballFIBA 3×3 World ChampionshipsNational teams of
two men and two women
2012 France (2012)DefunctThree players are on the court at any one time
BiathlonBiathlon World ChampionshipsMixed relay 2×6,2×7.5 km2005 Germany(2017)2019AnnualNot held in the Winter Olympic Years
BowlsWorld Indoor Bowls ChampionshipsMixed Pairs2004Jamie ChestneyLesley Doig (2018)2019Annual
CyclingUCI Mountain Bike World ChampionshipsCross-country Team relay1999 Switzerland(2017)2018Annual
UCI Urban Cycling World ChampionshipsTeam trials1999 France (2017)2018Annual
CurlingWorld Mixed Doubles Curling ChampionshipNational mixed teams
male – female pair
2008 Switzerland(2017)2018Annual
World Mixed Curling ChampionshipNational mixed teams (4 players)2015 Scotland (2017)2018Annual
Figure skatingWorld Figure Skating ChampionshipsNational pairs
male – female pair
from the same nation
1908 Sui Wenjing & Han Cong (2017)2018Annual
Ice Dance
male – female pair from the same nation
1952 Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (2017)
GymnasticsAcrobatic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsTeams2016 Russia (2016)2018Biennial
Mixed pairs1974
KorfballIKF World Korfball Championship4 females and 4 males1978 Netherlands(2015)2019Quadrennial
Modern PentathlonWorld Modern Pentathlon ChampionshipsMixed Relay2001 Germany(2017)2018Biennial
LugeFIL World Luge ChampionshipsNations1989 Germany(2017)2018Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track ChampionshipsNations2001 Italy (2013)2019BiennialNot held in 2015 and 2017
Nine-pin bowlingNine-pin bowling Single’s World ChampionshipsMixed tandems2004 Renáta Navrkalová & Jan Endršt (2018)2020BiennialFirst time held in 2004. After division of the championships, added to the Team Worlds (2005 & 2007). Since 2008 in Single’s World Championships program.
OrienteeringWorld Orienteering ChampionshipsSprint relay2014 Sweden (2017)2018Annual
QuidditchIQA World CupNations2012 United States(2018)2020BiennialQuidditch has rules based on gender, not sex, calling itself a mixed-gender sport
RowingWorld Rowing ChampionshipsPR2 Para Mixed Pair
1 Male & 1 Female
2013 Netherlands(2017)2018Annual
PR3 Para Mixed Pair
1 Male & 1 Female
2013 Brazil (2017)2018Annual
Para Mixed Coxed Four
2 Male & 2 Female
plus an open cox
2013 Great Britain(2017)2018Annual
World Rowing CupNations1997 Germany(2018)2019Annual1990–1995 the World Rowing Cup was a competition for single scullers, one man and one woman was declared the overall winner each year. Currently the World Cup consists of 3 stages, each of them includes events for men and women; the nation with most points as a summary is declared the overall winner.
SailingIFDS SKUD 18 World ChampionshipFemale or Mixed Pair2007 Alexandra Rickham & Niki Birrell (2011)?Annual?
Mixed Nacra 17 World ChampionshipMixed Pair2013 Ben Saxton & Katie Dabson (2017)2018Annual
Synchronized skatingWorld Synchronized Skating ChampionshipsTeams2000 Paradise (2017)2018Annual
TennisHopman CupNational teams
male – female pair
1989  Switzerland (2018)2019AnnualCompetitions are played in traditional order: women’s singles, men’s singles, and mixed doubles
TriathlonITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World ChampionshipsNational teams of two men and two women2003 Australia (2017)2018Annual

See also

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