In this section, you will find a list of frequently asked questions about International Masters Games Association and the related answers.
• What are the IMGA Masters Games?
• Who is responsible for the IMGA World Masters Games?
• Where were the previous IMGA World Masters Games held?
• Where were the previous IMGA World Winter Masters Games held?
• Which sports are included?
• How does one qualify to be a "Master" in Masters Sports?
• Can I compete in the IMGA World Masters Games?
• What is the prize for winning a competition?
• Who pays the athletes?
• Where are the competitions conducted?
• Where are people staying and how can I be assured of housing for the games?
What are the IMGA Masters Games?
All Masters events under the IMGA are quadrennial international events that embody the original ideals of the Olympic movement. The World Masters Games are potentially the largest participatory multisport competition in the world, bringing together up to 30,000 men and women aged 35 and above, from over 100 countries, for the simple joy of competing with their peers.
Who is responsible for the IMGA Masters Games?
An International Board of Governors from IMGA evaluates bids for future Games, and selects the host city based on specific criteria.
Where were the previous IMGA World Masters Games held?
Sydney - Australia 2009, Edmonton – Canada 2005, Melbourne - Australia 2002, Portland, Oregon-USA in 1998, Brisbane-Australia in 1994, Herning-, Aalborg- and Aarhus-Denmark in 1989 and Toronto-Canada in 1985.
Where were the previous IMGA World Winter Masters Games held?
Bled - Slovenia 2010
Which sports are included?
Please read the sports section on this website.
How does one qualify to be a "Master" in Masters sports?
"Masters" is simply an age designation; it does not denote a level of proficiency or a particular achievement. The International Federation of each sport in the Games imposes their own minimum age requirements.
Can I compete in the IMGA World Masters Games?
The Games are open to anyone. 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. However, there will be registration requirements. The only exception to this statement may be for the International Federations who co-locate their World Championship with the World Masters Games.
What is the prize for winning a competition?
All the athletes who come to these Games will reap the rewards of competing in a Masters event - the satisfaction that comes from personal striving and achievement, and taking part in an open, fair competition. The camaraderie, friendship and simple joy of physical activity are the main incentives for participation. To quote Ben Levinson, 101 years old, at the 1998 World Masters Games in Portland-Oregon, "At my age, just being anywhere is GREAT !" . He set an age group world record for putting the shot - 10.25 feet. In addition to the honour of being a World Masters Games champion, the first three place finishers in each age category will receive beautifully-crafted, custom-designed gold, silver or bronze medals.
Who pays for the participants?
Participants pay their own travel, meals and other expenses, as well as a registration fee.
Where are the competitions conducted?
Most events will take place at attractive, high quality venues in and around the IMGA World Masters Games host city. It is anticipated that major locations will include major stadiums and city sporting venues, park and recreation facilities, and local universities.
Where are people staying and how can I be assured of housing for the Games ?
You can register, and find relevant information on accommodation and special tour packages on the official website for the event.