The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships are currently witnessing world-class sporting action held at state-of-the-art venues in Seefeld, with around 700 athletes from 60 nations competing in the Austrian winter sports resort near Innsbruck. Less than a year later, an estimated 3,000 athletes will gather here for the Winter World Masters Games. Unlike the World Championships, the Winter World Masters Games are open to anyone and everyone who is old enough. Several of the disciplines will be held in Seefeld, where competitors will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of world champions as they go up against each other between 10 and 19 January 2020.
Sporting venues and facilities are the number one key resource for sports enthusiasts, from amateurs to professionals. The international stars of Nordic sports are currently competing in a world-class stadium which has been updated for the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and fulfils all the requirements for top-level competition. These facilities will also be used by those taking part in the 2020 Winter World Masters Games. Around 2,000 medals will be awarded in 12 sports, including all classic Nordic disciplines such as Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined.
Taking into consideration both social and economic factors, the 2020 Winter World Masters Games will form part of a sustainable long-term future for the World Championships and set new standards when it comes to the facilities and infrastructure for Masters sport. As such, the World’s Greatest Multisport Festival will offer a new perspective for hosting international competitions for athletes in the Masters age class. As well as Seefeld, the 2020 Winter World Masters Games will also take place in Innsbruck (Olympiaworld and Patscherkofel) and Kitzbühel (Sportpark).
What are the 2020 Winter World Masters Games?
The 2020 Winter World Masters Games are the World’s Greatest Multisport Festival for competitors aged 30 year and older. In January 2020 more than 3,000 athletes will travel to the Austrian Tyrol to compete in 12 sports in accordance with the Olympic values of performance, friendship and respect. Spectacular alpine backdrops, a genuinely warm welcome, cultural highlights and state-of-the-art venues are the further ingredients for this unique festival of winter sports.
From top professionals to passionate amateurs, everyone is welcome to take part in the Winter World Masters Games. The participation fee is €180. If you’re old enough to compete then we look forward to hearing from you. The minimum age varies depending on the sport. There is no maximum age limit. True to its mottos “sport for everyone” and “sport for life”, the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) – which is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – aims to encourage people of all ages to be active and do sport.
Volunteers will also have the opportunity to be part of this special winter sports event. Around 700 volunteers are expected to play a role in ensuring that the 2020 Winter World Masters Games go smoothly.
Photo caption: At the greatest multisport festival, amateur athletes ages 30+ follow in the footsteps of professionals.
Photo credit: Tirol Werbung/Erich Spiess (available to use free of charge)
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