Outline of the Games

The World Masters Games are an international multi-sport athletic competition held every four years by the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) for athletes over the age of 30 and into their middle age and senior years.

The games are held in the year following the Olympics. The first World Masters Games were held in 1985 in Toronto, Canada.The latest Games (the 9th hosting) took place in Auckland, New Zealand in the year 2017.

In 2021 the Games will be held in Japan, the first hosting in Asia. This auspicious 10th hosting will be in the western part of Japan—the Kansai region.

Name World Masters Games 2021 KANSAI
Organizer The Organizing Committee of the World Masters Games Kansai 2021
Co-organizer Japan Sport Association
Supporters Japan Sports Agency, Japanese Para-Sports Association
Dates Friday, May 14, 2021 – Sunday, May 30, 2021 (17 days)
Sporting events
(34 sports 58 events)
Archery(Target Archery/Indoor Archery), Athletics(Track & Field/10 km Road Race/Half Marathon/Relay road race/Race walking), Badminton, Baseball(Baseball/Rubber Baseball), Basketball, Bowling, Canoe(Marathon/Sprint/Slalom/Polo/Dragon Boat), Cycling(Track/Road Race/Mountain Bike/BMX), Dance Sports, Football(Football/Futsal), Flying Disc, Gateball, Golf, Ground Golf,Handball, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Orienteering(Sprint/Forest), Rowing, Rugby, Sailing(Sailing/Windsurfing), Shooting(Clay/Rifle), Softball, Soft Tennis, Squash, Swimming(Pool/Diving/Water Polo/Artistic Swimming/Open Water), Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon(Triathlon/Aquathlon/Duathlon), Tug of War, Volleyball(Volleyball/Beach Volleyball), Weightlifting
Venues The Kansai region
For details regarding the sporting events and venues, please visit here.
Anticipated number of participants Approximately 50,000 participants
Participants from outside Japan: 20,000
Participants from within Japan: 30,000
(For reference: approx. 30,000 participants for 2009 Sydney Games; approx. 20,000 for 2013 Torino Games; and approx. 30,000 for 2017 Auckland Games
Application period February 2020 – February 2021 (Proposed)