The famous World Masters Games (WMG) will be held for the first time in Penang and the Asia-Pacific region in 2018 from
The games is one of the world’s major sporting events, with nearly 25,000 amateur sportsmen taking part every four years.
There are 22 types of games. For most of the games, there is no qualification criteria other than age, with some games restricted to those aged above 35.
Olympic Council of Malaysia president Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar said this was a proud moment for Malaysia as it was given the honour to host the first games in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Having seen many successful Masters games held abroad, I believe it would vastly benefit our national athletes in the long run.
“The games would also have a multiplier effect by attracting more sports tourists, as the Masters has a wide fan base,” he said at the signing ceremony between the organisers and the Penang government.
International Masters Games Association chief executive officer Mr . Holm said previously the games were mostly held in Europe and Pan-American countries.
“I cannot think of a better place like Southeast Asia and Penang. The mix of tourist spots and sports facilities available here is just right,” Holm said.
The first WMG was held in Toronto, Canada, in 1985.
In 2021, it will be held in Kansai, Japan.
Apollo’s Group CEO Mr. Presanth Chandra said it is a great opportunity to handle such a world class event, everyone in the Team is so excited for they opportunity given to us, we look forward to make the event a successful one.
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