World Masters Athletics Championships

The World Masters Athletics Championships are the biennial championships for masters athletics events held under the auspices of World Masters Athletics, formerly called the World Association of Veteran Athletes, for athletes over the age of 35 years.[1]

The outdoor championships began in Toronto, Canada on August 11, 1975 and have continued in odd numbered years. In July 2011, World Masters Athletics changed their constitution to hold Championships in even numbered years, starting in 2016. Perth, Western Australia was selected to hold the first even year meet.[2] Later Road Racing Championships called Non-Stadia Championships were added, starting in Birmingham, England August 29–30, 1992. Indoor Championships in even numbered years started Sindelfingen, Germany, March 10–14, 2004.

The 2020 edition was scheduled to take place at the York Lions Stadium and Varsity Stadium in Toronto, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] World Masters Athletics attempted to postpone the competition to 2021, with Tampere serving as host, but again this was cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. The event was rescheduled to 2022 in Tampere and make-up editions being held in annual succession in 2023 (Edmonton) and 2024 (Gothenburg).[4]

EditionsEdit

Edition Year City Country Venue Date
1 1975 Toronto   Canada Centennial Park Stadium 11–16 August
2 1977 Gothenburg   Sweden Slottskogsvallen 8–13 August
3 1979 Hanover   West Germany 27 July–2 August
4 1981 Christchurch   New Zealand Queen Elizabeth II Park 7–14 January
5 1983 San Juan   Puerto Rico 23–30 September
6 1985 Rome   Italy 22–30 July
7 1987 Melbourne   Australia 29 November–6 December
8 1989 Eugene   United States Hayward Field 27 July–6 August
9 1991 Turku   Finland Paavo Nurmi Stadium 18–28 July
10 1993 Miyazaki   Japan Miyazaki Athletic Stadium 7–17 October
11 1995 Buffalo   United States University at Buffalo Stadium 13–23 July
12 1997 Durban   South Africa 17–27 July
13 1999 Gateshead   United Kingdom Gateshead International Stadium 29 July–8 August
14 2001 Brisbane   Australia 1–14 July
15 2003 Carolina   Puerto Rico 1–13 July
16 2005 San Sebastian   Spain Anoeta Stadium 22 August–3 September
17 2007 Riccione   Italy Stadio Italo Nicoletti 4–15 September
18 2009 Lahti   Finland Lahden Stadion 28 July–8 August
19 2011 Sacramento   United States Hornet Stadium 6–17 July
20 2013 Porto Alegre   Brazil Estádio Universitário de Porto Alegre 15–27 October
21 2015 Lyon   France Stephane-Diagana Athletic Hall 4–16 August
22 2016 Perth   Australia Western Australian Athletics Stadium 26 October–6 November
23 2018 Málaga   Spain Málaga Athletics Stadium 8–20 September
2020 Toronto   Canada Toronto Track and Field Centre & Varsity Stadium 20 July–1 August (cancelled)
24 2022 Tampere   Finland Tampere Stadium
24 2023 Edmonton   Canada Commonwealth Stadium
25 2024 Gothenburg   Sweden Slottsskogsvallen & Ullevi Stadium

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of World Masters Athletics", World Masters Athletics
  2. ^ "Perth wins for 2016!", Perth 2016, Australian Masters Athletics Inc - Perth 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships, Western Australia
  3. ^ "World Masters Athletics Championships 2020 Cancelled". Master Athlete. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  4. ^ World Masters Athletics Postpone Tampere 2021. New Zealand Masters Athletics (2020-12-23). Retrieved 2021-01-17.

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