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Encyclopedia of international games
Bell, Daniel, 1965-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2003]

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xii, 591 pages ; 27 cm
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The Olympic Games are the most well-known of the various sports festivals of the ancient and modern world. They have set a precedent that is followed by many lesser known - and virtually unknown - international games intended to engage specific portions of the population. This work is an encyclopedia of 175 international games that follow a format similar to that of the modern Olympics. It begins coverage with the year 1896, the year the very first modern Olympics were held, and ends with the year 2000. The African Games, Asian Games, Deaf Games (summer and winter), European Special Olympics, Firefighters World Games, Gay Games, Goodwill Games, International Women's Games, Paralympics (summer and winter), Special Olympics (summer and winter), World Transplant Games, World Medical Games, and the X Games (summer and winter) are just a sampling of the games that are included in this exhaustive work. Complete information includes such particulars as the host city and nation, event dates, the number of participating nations and athletes, the number of sports played, lists of the participating nations and sports played, medal results, venue information, significant highlights, and variou

Author Notes

Daniel Bell is a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians and North American Sports Library Network. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is an extraordinary work from beginning to end. The author begins the preface by saying, This book focuses on international multisport competitions held since 1896 that are based on the model of the modern Olympic Games. In addition to the Olympic Games, these include the Asian Games, the Firefighters World Games, the Goodwill Games, the Pan-American Games, the Special Olympics, and the World Dwarf Games, among more than 150 others. Information is arranged alphabetically by game. Each entry includes a general description and a table showing host city and nation, dates, and numbers of participating nations, athletes, and sports for each year in which the particular games have been held. This is followed by a year-by-year summary listing the competing nations and the various sports and another table showing the medal counts. In some cases numbers are missing because information was not available. Whenever possible, the author identifies sports for women; it is interesting to watch this list grow as the text progresses through the Olympic Games sections. The work contains eight appendixes and a notes section along with a bibliography and index. The appendixes are quite detailed and include a great deal of easily accessible information. Games are listed by year, by nation, by host city, by number of participants, and by number of sports. Though there are a number of reference sources on the Olympic Games, this volume captures information that is much more elusive. It would be a great addition to a public as well as an academic library and would be welcome by serious researchers and trivia buffs alike. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Choice Review

Bell's encyclopedia, the culmination of several years of information gathering, offers a useful source for facts that can be otherwise difficult to find. The introduction clearly explains his definition of "international," "games," and "participants," and illustrates the many difficulties encountered in compiling a resource like this. The encyclopedia results from painstaking research, both with organizing entities for international games, where record keeping varies greatly, even at the Olympics, and with more traditional methods of information gathering (e.g., newspaper articles, databases, books, individuals). Entries are alphabetically arranged by competition title and range from the Can-Am Police-Fire Games or Games of the Small Countries to the Olympics. Entries consist of a brief narrative explaining the games, dates held, location, and participants. Tables that accompany each entry supply information, where available, regarding number of nations, medals, number of athletes, and number of sports. Appendixes list games by year, nation, host city, number of participants, number of nations, and number of sports. A useful and welcome resource. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All collections. A. Courtney Indiana University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 9
Aalborg Youth Gamesp. 24
Academic Olympiap. 24
African Gamesp. 25
African Francophone Games for the Handicappedp. 37
All-Africa University Gamesp. 38
Alps-Adriatic Summer Youth Gamesp. 38
Alps-Adriatic Winter Youth Gamesp. 39
Arab Gamesp. 39
Arab Games for the Handicappedp. 48
Arab School Gamesp. 48
Arafura Gamesp. 49
Arctic Winter Gamesp. 51
Asia Pacific Games for the Deafp. 58
Asia Pacific Masters Gamesp. 59
Asian Gamesp. 59
Asian Sports Festivalp. 73
Asian Winter Gamesp. 74
Ataturk Dam International Sports Festivalp. 76
Australasian Public Sector Gamesp. 76
Australian Masters Gamesp. 77
Australian Universities Gamesp. 77
Baltic Gamesp. 78
Baltic Sea Gamesp. 78
Bolivarian Gamesp. 80
Britain's Festival of Sportp. 83
British Commonwealth Paraplegic Gamesp. 84
Can-Am Police-Fire Gamesp. 85
Canterbury Centennial Gamesp. 88
CARIFTA Gamesp. 88
Centennial Youth Gamesp. 90
Central African Gamesp. 91
Central American and Caribbean Gamesp. 92
Central American and Caribbean University Gamesp. 105
Central American Gamesp. 105
Central Asian Gamesp. 108
Commonwealth Gamesp. 108
Commonwealth Youth Gamesp. 126
Community/Friendship Gamesp. 127
CUCSA Gamesp. 128
Defi Sportifp. 129
Dutch Commonwealth Gamesp. 130
East African Military Gamesp. 131
East African University Gamesp. 131
East Asian Gamesp. 132
Eastern European Transplant Gamesp. 133
Euro Gamesp. 133
European Heart/Lung Transplant Gamesp. 134
European Maccabi Gamesp. 135
European Special Olympicsp. 136
European Youth Olympic Daysp. 137
Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabledp. 140
Far East Championshipsp. 142
Festival of the Empire Sports Meetingp. 144
Firefighters World Gamesp. 144
FISEC Gamesp. 150
Francophone Gamesp. 150
Friendship Games 84p. 154
Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO)p. 155
Games of the Small Countries of Europep. 157
Gay Gamesp. 162
Goodwill Gamesp. 164
Gorge Gamesp. 172
Gravity Gamesp. 173
Hapoel Gamesp. 173
Honda Masters Gamesp. 176
Huntsman World Senior Gamesp. 177
IBSA World Championships for the Blindp. 179
Indian Ocean Island Gamesp. 180
Inter-Allied Gamesp. 181
International Electrical Engineering Students Sports Gamesp. 183
International Firefighters Winter Gamesp. 183
International Law Enforcement Gamesp. 184
International Police Winter Gamesp. 185
International School Children's Gamesp. 186
International Senior Gamesp. 190
International Women's Gamesp. 191
Irelands' Scholar Athlete Gamesp. 192
ISF Gymnasiadep. 192
Island Gamesp. 193
Islands Corporate Gamesp. 200
JCC Maccabi Gamesp. 200
Journalists World Gamesp. 202
Latin American Gamesp. 202
Maccabiade Winter Gamesp. 202
Maccabiah Gamesp. 203
Mediterranean Gamesp. 210
Micronesian Gamesp. 219
Middle East/Mediterranean Scholar Athlete Gamesp. 222
Military World Gamesp. 222
Muslim Student Gamesp. 224
Muslim Women's Gamesp. 225
New Zealand Gamesp. 227
Nordic Gamesp. 227
North American Indigenous Gamesp. 229
Olympic Gamesp. 230
Olympic Winter Gamesp. 276
Pacific Ocean Gamesp. 291
Pacific School Gamesp. 292
Pan-American Gamesp. 293
Pan-American Games for Patients with Asthmap. 310
Pan-American Games for the Blindp. 310
Pan-American Games for the Deafp. 311
Pan-American Maccabi Gamesp. 311
Pan-American Medical Gamesp. 313
Pan-American Wheelchair Gamesp. 314
Pan-Armenian Gamesp. 314
Paralympic Gamesp. 314
Peace Arch Gamesp. 331
Renaissance Gamesp. 333
Robin Hood Gamesp. 334
SCFA Summer Spartakiadep. 335
SCFA Winter Spartakiadep. 336
SELL Games (Summer)p. 337
SELL Games (Winter)p. 338
Socialist Olympicsp. 339
South American Gamesp. 340
South Asian Federation Gamesp. 343
South East Asian Gamesp. 347
South Pacific Gamesp. 354
South Pacific Mini Gamesp. 362
Special Olympicsp. 364
Special Olympics Asia-Pacific Gamesp. 367
Special Olympics Gulf Gamesp. 367
Special Olympics Mediterranean Gamesp. 367
Special Olympics Small Nations Gamesp. 367
Special Olympics West African Gamesp. 367
Special Olympics Winter World Gamesp. 368
Stockholm Summer Gamesp. 369
Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Gamesp. 370
Tailteann Gamesp. 373
UK & Ireland Corporate Gamesp. 376
Victorian Corporate Gamesp. 376
West African University Gamesp. 376
West Asian Gamesp. 376
Western Asiatic Gamesp. 377
Windsor Classic Indoor Gamesp. 378
Winter Australian Corporate Gamesp. 379
Winter Games for the Disabledp. 379
Winter International School Children's Gamesp. 379
Winter Pan-American Gamesp. 380
Winter Paralympic Gamesp. 381
Winter World Corporate Gamesp. 384
Winter World Games for the Deafp. 385
Winter World Transplant Gamesp. 389
Winter World University Gamesp. 390
Winter X Gamesp. 398
World Air Gamesp. 399
World Corporate Gamesp. 400
World Dwarf Gamesp. 401
World Equestrian Gamesp. 402
World Ex-Service Wheelchair and Amputee Gamesp. 405
World Gamesp. 406
World Games for the Deafp. 410
World Masters Gamesp. 421
World Medical Gamesp. 424
World Nature Gamesp. 426
World Peace Games/Jeux Mondiaux de le Paixp. 427
World Police and Fire Gamesp. 427
World Scholar Athlete Gamesp. 432
World Transplant Gamesp. 433
World University Gamesp. 437
World Youth Gamesp. 466
X Gamesp. 469
Appendix 1. Games by Yearp. 473
Appendix 2. Games by Nationp. 491
Appendix 3. Games by Host Cityp. 507
Appendix 4. Largest Games by Number of Participants (Top 100)p. 529
Appendix 5. Largest Games by Number of Nations (Top 100)p. 533
Appendix 6. Largest Games by Number of Sports (Top 54)p. 536
Appendix 7. Other Gamesp. 538
Appendix 8. Olympic Games Participants: Information Sources Comparedp. 540
Notesp. 543
Bibliographyp. 551
Indexp. 581