Outline of the Games

*Postponement has been decided for the World Masters Games 2021 Kansai. The new dates are being arranged.
Please note that the followings are the information before the postponement was confirmed.

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 (Postponed to 2022) 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 2021 Kansai
Co-organizer Japan Sport Association, Japanese Para Sports Association
Supporters Japan Sports Agency
Dates Friday, 13th – Sunday, 29th May, 2022 (17 days)
Sport & Discipline
(59 disciplines of 35 sports)
Archery(Outdoor Archery/Indoor Archery), Athletics(Track & Field/10 km Road Race/Half Marathon/EKIDEN/Race walking), Badminton, Baseball(Baseball/Rubber Baseball), Basketball, Canoe(Marathon/Sprint/Slalom/Polo/Dragon Boat), Cycling(Track/Road Race/Mountain Bike/BMX), Dance Sports, Football(Football/Futsal), Flying Disc(Ultimate), Gateball, Golf, Ground Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Lifesaving, Orienteering(Sprint/Forest), Rowing, Rugby, Sailing(Sailing/Windsurfing), Shooting(Clay/Rifle), Softball, Soft Tennis, Squash, Swimming(Swimming/Diving/Water Polo/Artistic Swimming/Open Water), Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Tenpin Bowling, Triathlon(Triathlon/Aquathlon/Duathlon), Tug of War, Volleyball(Indoor/Beach Volleyball), Weightlifting
Showcase sports
(34 sports)
※Sports to be held for both purpose of raising mood towards 2021 and providing more opportunity to join in WMG.
Disc Golf<Fukui>, Paddle Tennis/Trail Running<Shiga>, Sports Climbing<Kyoto>, Rowing/Wheelchair Softball, Wellness Darts<Osaka>, Baton Twirling/Igo Ball/Lawn Bowls/Nordic Walking/Petanque/Walking/Para-Sports(Wheelchair Basketball, Rolling Volleyball, Boccia)/Rowing<Hyogo>, KIN-BALL sport/Kanreki Baseball<Nara>, Beach Rugby/Sport Wellness Fukiya<Wakayama>, Ground Golf/Marathon/Triathlon/SEA TO SUMMIT(Kayaking + Cycling + Mountain Climbing)<Tottori>, Billiard/Marathon/Rafting/Rubber Baseball/Surfing/Touch Rugby<Tokushima>, Double Dutch/Petanque<Kyoto city>, Triathlon<Osaka city>, Flag Football/Walking<Kobe city>
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, 2022 (Proposed)