Since the start in 1996, the games have grown from 1,800 competitors thinly spread across Ullevi stadium to a massive 8,258 competition places last year – impressive growth by any standard! International participation has grown year on year, and now exceeds 40 per cent.

A look at the list of records reveals that almost every Swedish sports superstar has competed in the World Youth Games, including: Christian Olsson, Erica Johansson, Stefan Holm, the Kallur sisters, Patrik Kristiansson, Alhaji Jeng, Johan Wissman, Mustafa Mohamed, Robert Kronberg and all four Klüft sisters!