If you have been looking at your available vaction time in 2020 and have come to realise that attending the Tokyo Olympics will remain a dream, don’t worry Japan still has your back!
In 2021, the World Masters Games will take place in the Kansai region. This event will start on the 14th of May 2021 and will finish on the 30th of May 2021.
What is it?
The world masters games is the largest international multi-sports event which is open to anyone of “masters” age or 25 years old and older. Anyone can enter any even if it is NOT a world championship for that sport.
There are currently 59 events to take place in 35 locations in the 9 prefectures of the Kansai region, which is said to be the cultural heart of Japan.
What is the point?
Like any sporting event, the main 3 winners (first, second, and third) get a “beautifully crafted custom designed medals” and also and more importantly, the IMGA (the International Masters Games Association) state that “the real prize is exploring beautiful new locations, playing the sports you love and making lifelong friends!”
In other words, this is the Olympics that anyone can take part in.
How to take part?
The athlete is responsible for travel expenses, personal expenses, accommodation, spending money and participation fees. Included in the participation fees are “world class venues, officials and equipment in a number of sports” or everything you need to peform!
You may be wondering- why am I promoting this? As it is the start of 2020, many people will be looking to start a new challenge (or resolution) and many people become disheartened that they have no way to show how far they have come- and this is the perfect ‘measuring stick’ to show exactely that.
2021 is far enough away to become good at a new sport but close enough to be something to motivate you to get there.
There is a base entry fee which will allow entry in up to 5 disciplines. From the 6th onward, there is a fee of 2000 JPY per discipline. Additionally, some sports will require an additional fee for either more specialized equipment or for World Championship entry.
The base entry fee for overseas participants is 24,000 JPY which includes a Kansai travel pass and for domestic participants (including foreign nationals living in Japan) is 15,000 including a Kansai travel pass.
The 2 quick notes I’ll add on are: there is limited insurance coverage during the event for participants and all events will conform to World Anti-doping code.
Early entry opens on the 6th of January 2020 and will close on the 31st of January 2020. General entry opens on the 1st of Febuary 2020.
The list of events and locations have not been finalized but the current list, as printed in the Asahi newspaper on the 30/12/19, are listed below. Please note, dates are not listed- for further information, please check out the official website at: https://wmg2021.jp/en/
Please note, I have not listed all events
|Tottori City||Archery (indoor and outdoor)|
|Kurayoshi City||Ground golf|
|Yurihama||cycling (track and road race)|
|Okayama City||clay shooting|
|Tando, Yabu, Hyogo||Forest orienteering|
|Shiso City||Professional cannoing|
|Miki City||Tennis and baseball|
|Kobe City||Basket ball, swimming, baseball etc|
|Takahama City||life saving|
|Osaka City||Closing ceremony|
|Sakai City||Soccer/ football|
|Wakayama City||Volley ball, sailing etc|
|Kainan City||Shooting- rifle|
|Tanabe City||Long distance relay race|
|Kamifukuda Town||Half marathon|
|Naruto City||Golf and weight lifting|
|Tokushima City||Bowling and golf|
|Awa City and Kamiyama-cho||Golf|
|Nagahama City and Maibara City||hockey|
|Hikone City||track- 10 km road race|
|Higashiomi City and Moriyama City||baseball|
|Kusatsu City||Soft ball|
|Otsu City||Canoeing and boating|
|Fukuchiyama City||Soft tennis|
|Kyotanba Town||Gate ball|
|Kyoto City||Opening ceremony, Track and field, Karate etc|
|Uji City||Frisbee, Handball|
|Wazuka Town||Mountain biking|
|Katsuragi City and Kashiba City||Tug-of-war|
Are there any events that you would like to take part in?
Thank you for reading and happy exploring and training!