1930 Women's World Games

The 1930 Women's World Games (Czech and Slovak III Ženské Světové Hry v Praze, French 3è Jeux Féminins Mondiaux ) were the third regular international Women's World Games, the tournament was held between September 6 - September 8[1][2][3] at the Letná Stadium in Prague.[4][5]

1930 Women's World Games
Host cityPrague
Country Czechoslovakia
Nations participating17
Athletes participating200
Opening ceremony6 September 1930 (1930-09-06)
Dates6–8 September 1930
Main venueLetná Stadium
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The games were organized by the Fédération Sportive Féminine Internationale under Alice Milliat[1] as a response to the IOC decision to include only a few women's events in the 1928 Olympic Games.[2][3][4][5] The games attended an audience of 20,000 spectators.[6]

Opening ceremony


The tournament was opened with an olympic style ceremony on 6 September 1930 at the Letná Stadium. The ceremony was attended by 20,000 spectators. It was bad weather with rain during the ceremony. The opening ceremony started with the parade of nations where the seventeen nations walked into the stadium. United Kingdom led the way, followed by the other countries in order of the czech alphabet. The teams were welcomed by Svagrovsky, the third chairman of the Fédération Sportive Féminine Internationale. Then there was a speech by the first mayor of Prague. After the speaches, thousands of carrier pigeons were released. There was a dance performance by 2000 youngsters, with loud enthusiasm from the audience.[6]


Demonstration sports

In a source of the Czech Association for Olympic and Sport Philately also the sports shooting (4 and 6mm rifle, shooting from a 6mm pistol), Kayak and Swedish canoe races are listed as sports of the Games.[1]

Participating nations


The games were attended by 200 participants from 17 nations.[8] A special commemorative medal was issued for the participants.[9]

[11] Next to the above listed nations, the United States competed in the basketball America Zone tournament but didn’t qualify for the final.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Praha 1930 - III Ženské světové hry Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine Czech Association for Olympic and Sport Philately, Retrieved 10 December 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rétrospective de l'athlétisme féminin, page 9 Archived 2013-12-10 at the Wayback Machine Sylvain Charlet, Amicale des Entraineurs d'Ile de France d'Athlétisme AEIFA, Retrieved 10 December 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kidd, Bruce (1994). "The Women's Olympic Games: Important Breakthrough Obscured By Time". CAAWS Action Bulletin. Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Leigh, Mary H.; Thérèse M. Bonin (1977). "The Pioneering Role Of Madame Alice Milliat and the FSFI in Establishing International Trade and Field Competition for Women" (PDF). Journal of Sport History. 4 (1). North American Society for Sport History: 72–83. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chronique de l'athlétisme féminin Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine NordNet.fr, Retrieved 10 December 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 "De derde vrouwenwereldspelen te Praag". De Amstelbode (in Dutch). 8 September 1930. Retrieved 27 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  7. "De derde vrouwen wereldspelen. Het programma". De Tijd (in Dutch). 14 August 1930. Retrieved 5 July 2022 – via Delpher.
  8. "Dames-Olympiade te Praag". Dagblad van Noord-Brabant (in Dutch). 8 September 1930. Retrieved 27 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  9. Participation badge Muzeum Sportu i Turystyki w Warszawie / Museum of Sports and Tourism, retrieved 24 October 2015
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