Croats from all over the world, including those in Croatia, are invited take part in the Croatian World Games, which will be held from 21-26 July in Zagreb, and will include sports such as athletics, bowls, judo, karate, basketball, football, indoor soccer, volleyball, beach volleyball, swimming, rugby, handball, tennis, table tennis, taekwondo and waterpolo. Although it is not mandatory that athletes belong to an official sports or cultural organisation, they must be over 16 years of age and have Croatian ancestry. The cut-off date for applications from participants is 1 May, with more information on the games official website here.
The Croatian World Games, which have previously been held in 2006 and 2010, are organised by the Croatian World Congress, an association which connects organisations and institutions from and Croatia and Croats living abroad. This years Croatian World Games will be held under the auspices of the President of Croatia Ivo Josipović. More than 1.5 million people with Croatian ancestry are estimated to be living around the world.