What is the World Masters Games

Event Philosophy

World Masters Games 2021 KANSAI

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.

Event Theme/Concept

The Blooming of Sport for Life
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.

5 Event Concepts and Official Emblem

emblem
The 5 event concepts are expressed in the cherry blossom, a symbol of Japan.
Individual(Individuality Shines) Big moment Interaction(Diversity Intersects) Center Stage Culture(Kansai Captivates) Fascinating Stage World(Experience World) Grand Stage Future(Teach the Future) Dream Stage

History of the World Masters Games

The first World Masters Games were held in Toronto, Canada in 1985. In 2021, the Kansai Region will host the 10th commemorative edition of the international competition.

The 1st Games (1985) Toronto (Canada) 61 countries / 8,305 participants
The 1st Games (1985)
Toronto (Canada)
61 countries / 8,305 participants
The 2nd Games (1989) Herning, Aalborg and Aarhus (Denmark) 76 countries / 5,437 participants
The 2nd Games (1989)
Herning, Aalborg and Aarhus
(Denmark)
76 countries / 5,437 participants
The 3rd Games (1994) Brisbane (Australia) 71 countries / 23,659 participants
The 3rd Games (1994)
Brisbane
(Australia)
71 countries / 23,659 participants
The 4th Games (1998) Portland (USA) 101 countries / 11,000 participants
The 4th Games (1998)
Portland
(USA)
101 countries / 11,000 participants
The 5th Games(2002) Melbourne (Australia) 97 countries / 24,886 participants
The 5th Games(2002)
Melbourne
(Australia)
97 countries / 24,886 participants
The 6th Games (2005) Edmonton (Canada) 89 countries / 21,600 participants
The 6th Games (2005)
Edmonton
(Canada)
89 countries / 21,600 participants
The 7th Games (2009) Sydney (Australia) 95 countries / 28,676 participants
The 7th Games (2009)
Sydney
(Australia)
95 countries / 28,676 participants
The 8th Games (2013) Torino (Italy) 107 countries / 19,000 participants
The 8th Games (2013)
Torino
(Italy)
107 countries / 19,000 participants
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The 9th Games (2017) Auckland (New Zealand) about 100 countries / 28,571 participants
The 9th Games (2017)
Auckland
(New Zealand)
about 100 countries / 28,571 participants
The 10th Games (2021) Kansai (Japan) about 50,000 participants (anticipated)
The 10th Games (2021)
Kansai (Japan)
about 50,000 participants (anticipated)