Budapest hosted the World Urban Games in 2019 ©GAISF

Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) President Raffaele Chiulli has said he hopes to build on the success of the first World Urban Games after marking the one-year anniversary of the event in Budapest.

Hungary's capital city held the inaugural event from September 13 to 15 last year.

The Games featured six main sports – BMX freestyle, roller freestyle, 3x3 basketball, flying disc, parkour and breaking – plus two showcase events, laser run and indoor rowing.

Organisers were keen to blend the competition with a festival element, featuring music, art and cultural activities.

Chiulli said the inaugural event achieved GAISF's aim but he is looking for improvement in the future.

"The inaugural edition of the World Urban Games was an incredible celebration of urban sports, creativity and culture," Chiulli said.

"We set out to not only showcase urban sport, but to inspire a more active society.

"I believe we achieved this and much more.

"Of course, I must also thank the Budapest Local Organising Committee for its tireless efforts in helping turn the dream of the World Urban Games into a reality.

"I will always have fond memories of the first edition of this innovative multi-sport event, but I am eager to build on this success and to help urban sports reach new heights and audiences in future editions."

Organisers said 50,000 spectators attended the first edition of the Games ©GAISF
Organisers said 50,000 spectators attended the first edition of the Games ©GAISF

Organisers said 50,000 spectators attended the Games over the three days, with entry to the park free to the public.

The Games saw an equal number of athletes from each gender, along with equal prize money across all sports.

Budapest was given the option to stage the second edition of the Games, which are scheduled to take place in 2021.

The Hungarian capital had stepped in to host the inaugural event.

The Games had originally been awarded to Los Angeles, but were moved to Budapest due to their sports programme being "more in line" with GAISF's vision.