Outline of the Games

What are the World Masters 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. In 2013 (the 8th hosting), the Games were held in Torino, Italy. The next Games (the 9th hosting) will be held in 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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.

Outline of the Games

Date (under consideration)
From Saturday, May 15th 2021 to Sunday, May 30th 2021 (16days)
Sports(under consideration)
Archery(Target), Athletics(Track & Field/Race walk/10km Road Race/Half Marathon/Relay road race), Badminton, Basketball, Canoe(Marathon/Slalom/Sprint/Dragon Boat, Cycling(Mountain Bike/Track/Road Race/BMX), Hockey, Football(Football/Futsal), Orienteering(Long/Sprint), Rowing, Shooting(Rifle/Clay), Softball, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon(Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquathlon), Weightlifting, Baseball(Baseball/Rubber Baseball), Bowling, Dance Sports, Golf, Handball, Judo, Karate, Rugby Football, Sailing(Sailing/Windsurfing), Swimming(Pool/Diving/Water Polo/Synchronised Swimming/Open Water), Tennis(Tennis/Soft Tennis) Tug of War, Volleyball(Volleyball/Beach Volleyball), Taekwondo, Grounnd Golf, Gateball
Kansai region
Anticipated No. of Participants
Approx. 50,000 people
Participants from outside Japan: 20,000 people
Participants from within Japan: 30,000 people
(For reference: Sydney Games in 2009 drew approx. 30,000 people; Torino Games in 2013 drew approx. 20,000 people)

Event Theme/Concept

The Blooming of Sport for Life

We aim to have the commemorative 10th iteration of the competition thrive through the 5 Event Concepts below and
the ideology proposed at the time it was founded:“Sport for Life.


Event Philosophy

We will create a career sports festival that will pass our dreams on to the next generation, sharing the region’s uniqueness and Japan's traditions and culture with world, in hopes of inspiring harmony among the challenges and diverse exchange between individuals.

  1. 1 Transmit Japanese sports culture to the world from Kansai, a historic and cultural center of Japan and region for career sports promotion.
  2. 2 Serve as a history-making tradition of career sports for future generations
    while exhibiting Kansai’s unique brand of omotenashi and staff resources.
  3. 3 Breed a change from watching and supporting sports to playing them through the integrated promotion of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  4. 4 Create a new regional hub by demonstrating the host region's independence.
  5. 5 Promote regional revitalization through sports tourism, the fusion of sport and sightseeing.
  6. 6 Drive further promotion of health and sports industries
  7. 7 With an eye on aging trends, contribute to a healthier mature society through sport.