FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 8, 2022
(Colorado Springs, Colorado) - The International Jump Rope Union, the international federation for the sport of jump, in partnership with the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, today announced the awarding of the 2023 World Jump Rope Championships to the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The city is known as Olympic City USA.
The event will have 3,000 participants (athletes, coaches and officials) from more than 30 countries and will mark the first time the event will be held in Colorado Springs. The event will be a combination of the World Championships, as well as the International Open Tournament and the Junior World Championships and be held July 16-23, 2023. The finals for the World Championship event will be July 22-23. Featured events include:
- Double Dutch Contest – urban culture fuses with acrobatics, dance and music
- Single Rope and Double Dutch Speed – the fastest jumpers alive
- Single Rope and Double Dutch Freestyle – acrobatics with unlimited skill combinations and endurance
The final rounds, along with some preliminary action, will be held at the state-of-the-art Ed Robson Arena on the Colorado College campus, marking the first major international event to be slated for the multipurpose space. Robson Arena seats 3,400 spectators and is a cornerstone of the Colorado Springs City for Champions initiative. Practice and preliminary rounds will also be held at the El Pomar Sports Center at Colorado College.
“We’re incredibly excited to bring the premiere jump rope event in the world to Colorado Springs,” said Shaun Hamilton, IJRU President. “The city has a rich tradition of Olympic and Paralympic sporting events and is one of the global hubs of the Olympic and Paralympic movement. This the perfect location as we welcome our jump rope community back together and continue our journey to future inclusion on the Olympic and Paralympic program.”
“The World Jump Rope Championships highlight Colorado Springs on a global stage,” said Megan Leatham, CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. “The passion of this community for sports, along with the foundation created by the City for Champions project, will make this the perfect home for this world-class event.”
The sport of jump rope is one of the most accessible, diverse and economical sports for participation. The World Championship event will drive added interest in the sport in the U.S. and the world. The sport is low cost as all you need is a rope and a little space. The sport is growing with national governing bodies in 62 countries. It is also eco-friendly with minimal structural needs.
“We are thrilled to have been selected as the host city for the World Jump Rope Championships, and to have the opportunity to welcome athletes from around the world to Olympic City USA. This event is proof of concept for the City for Champions vision, which aims to stimulate our sports tourism economy by equipping the city to host international events like this one,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “Our thanks to the International Jump Rope Union for selecting Colorado Springs for this exciting event.”
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to host the World Jump Rope Championships in Robson Arena,” said Lesley Irvine, Vice President and Director of Athletics for Colorado College. “It’s so energizing to see the vision for the arena come to life as we serve and build community while collaborating with key partners such as the Sports Corp and city leadership. We can’t wait to welcome these talented athletes to campus in the summer of 2023!”
Previous sites of the World Championships include Oslofjord (near Oslo), Norway in 2019 and Shanghai, China, and Orlando, Florida (USA) in 2018. Two events were held that year as two organizations eventually merged to form the IJRU. The 2021 World Jump Rope Championships were held virtually due to the pandemic.
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About the International Jump Rope Union
The IJRU enjoys Observer Status with the Alliance of Independent recognized Members of Sport (AIMS), and with the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). As an AIMS and GAISF Observer, the IJRU is on a path to future inclusion in the Olympic Games. IJRU represents the merged international federations of Fédération Internationale de Saut à la Corde - International Rope Skipping Federation (FISAC-IRSF) and the World Jump Rope Federation (WJRF). Combined these two entities have produced 21 world championships.
For more information on the International Jump Rope Union, visit www.ijru.sport.
About the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation
Colorado Springs Sports Corporation (The Sports Corp) exists to inspire and advance Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA, and the Pikes Peak Region through sport and community events. Through event promotion and community development activities, The Sports Corp plays a critical role in bringing civic leaders together with some of the nation's premier sporting organizations to promote tourism and create positive economic impact. The Sports Corp hosts annual marquee events including the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off, Star Spangled Symphony & July 4th Block Party, The Broadmoor Cycle to the Summit, Pikes Peak Regional Airshow, Rocky Mountain State Games, and various sport centric celebrations. In addition, supporting the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, National and International Governing Bodies of Sport, and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum remains a staple component of the overall mission.
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