Virginia Commonwealth Games announce guest speaker, more events

Virginia Commonwealth Games announce guest speaker, more events

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - It's just over a month until the start of the 2018 Virginia Commonwealth Games at Liberty University, and the #VaComGames are going bigger. More events in this year's lineup (60 in total), and more of them being held in Lynchburg on the main games weekend. (40, up from 28 in 2017).

6 new events have been added, including Taekwondo and FPV "Wing Racing" with drones. In addition, this year's opening ceremonies have been moved to Williams Stadium, for an electric, outdoor atmosphere.

Games Director Amanda Mangum noted it's going to be busy on the main games weekend of July 27-29, but she's looking forward to the energy. "It's exciting! It's not scary for me. I really look forward to seeing that many people serving that many people all at once. Being able to travel around. Just a walk around campus, imagine how many sports you're going to see."

Virginia Amateur Sports President Dan Foutz announced former Olympic wrestler Anthony "Buddy" Lee will be the featured guest speaker during the opening ceremonies. With new events like wing racing, and the returning E-Games competition, Foutz says the Commonwealth Games are increasing their roster to encourage more people to come out and participate. "It's looking at some competitions where we have youngsters that want to learn something that may not be interested in dribbling a basketball or swinging a baseball bat." noted Foutz. "We look forward to everyone coming here and having a good quality event."

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