World Masters Games

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The World Masters Games[1] is an international multi-sport event held every four years which, in terms of competitor numbers, has developed into the largest of its kind.[2]

Governed by the International Masters Games Association,[3] the World Masters Games is open to sports people of all abilities and most ages – the minimum age criterion ranges between 25 and 35 years depending on the sport – with Auckland, New Zealand scheduled to host the major event's ninth edition from 21 to 30 April 2017.

Anyone can participate in the games so long as they are over the age of 35 though some sports will allow athletes who are younger than that. Participants compete for themselves - there are no country delegations. Beyond the age requirement and membership in that sport's governing body, there are no competition qualification requirements.


Toronto staged the first World Masters Games in 1985. Since then, World Masters Games has also taken place in Aalborg, Aarhus and Herning (1989), Brisbane (1994), Portland, Oregon (1998), Melbourne (2002), Edmonton (2005) and Sydney (2009). The Sydney 2009 World Masters Games attracted a record 28,676 competitors.[4][5] This is more than double the number of competitors that took part in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The Games has been popular with retired professional athletes and former Olympic competitors, with over 230 past Olympians taking part in the 2009 edition.[6]

Summer games

Edition Year Host Sports Countries Competitors Motto
1st 1985 Toronto,  Canada 22 61 8,305 The Year of the Masters
2nd 1989 Aalborg, Aarhus and Herning,  Denmark 37 76 5,500 Sport for life
3rd 1994 Brisbane,  Australia 30 74 24,500 The challenge never ends
4th 1998 Portland, Oregon,  United States 28 102 11,400 The global celebration of sport for life
5th 2002 Melbourne,  Australia 26 98 24,886 The biggest multi-sport festival on Earth
6th 2005 Edmonton,  Canada 25 89 21,600 A festival of sport in the city of festivals
7th 2009 Sydney,  Australia 28 95 28,676 Fit, fun and forever young
8th 2013 Turin,  Italy 30 99 15,394 Sport for life, Sport for all
9th 2017 Auckland,  New Zealand 28 - - For the Love of Sport
10th 2021 Kansai,  Japan - - -

Winter games

Edition Year Host Sports Countries Competitors Motto
1st 2010 Bled,  Slovenia 7 42 3,000 The Games for you
2nd 2015 Quebec City,  Canada 9 20 1,600 *

International Masters Games Association

The International Masters Games Association is the worldwide representative body for Masters sport. Recognised by the International Olympic Committee, the International Masters Games Association aims to support the Olympic movement and promote the sport-for-all philosophy of the Olympic Charter by encouraging all people beyond young adulthood to play sport and to participate in Masters Games with the awareness that competitive sport can continue throughout life and improve personal fitness.

A Board of Governors, consisting of sixteen members elected by the General Assembly for a four-year period, administers the IMGA: - One President - One Honorary Vice President - Ten members from the International Sports Federations, including two from the winter Sports Federations. - One member of a Sport Multidisciplinary Organization.

The International Masters Games Association's board of governors, as of May 2010, was:

Position Name Other roles
President Kai Holm Former IOC Member, Former President of the Danish Olympic Committee
Honorary Vice President H.R.H Tunku Imran Honorary Vice President, IOC member, President NOC Malaysia
Member Tamas Ajan IOC Member, President of the International Weightlifting Federation
Member Denis Oswald IOC Member, President of the International Rowing Federation
Member Gian Franco Kasper IOC member, President of the International Ski Federation
Member Gen. Gianni Gola Former President of the International Military Sports Council (CISM)
Member Philip Craven IOC Member, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
Member Marisol Casado IOC Member, President International Triathlon Union (ITU)
Member Anders Besseberg President of the International Biathlon Union
Member Don Porter President of the International Softball Federation
Member Pat McQuaid IOC Member, President International Cycling Union (UCI)
Member Jose Perurena IOC Member, President International Canoe Federation (ICF)
Member Bob Elphinston Former President of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
Member Richard L. Carrion IOC Executive Board, Chair IOC Finance & Audits Commission
Member John D. Coates IOC Executive Board, President NOC Australia, President CAS
Member Carlos A. Nuzman IOC Member, President NOC Brazil and Rio

See also


  1. "World Masters Games". International Masters Games Association. Retrieved 2008-03-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Malkin, Bonnie (2009-10-12). World Masters Games: barefoot Santa Claus and 100-year-old shot putter compete. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2009-10-15.
  3. "International Masters Games Association". International Masters Games Association. Retrieved 2008-03-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 2009 Sydney World Masters Games. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved on 2009-10-15.
  5. "Melbourne 2002 World Masters Games Final Report" (PDF). International Masters Games Association. Retrieved 2008-03-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  6. Jeffery, Nicole (2009-10-10). Olympians back up for World Masters Games. The Australian. Retrieved on 2009-10-15.

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