Kai Holm Stepping Down, Sergey Bubka is New IMGA President

The International Masters Games Association (IMGA), the governing body of Masters Sports worldwide, has announced its President Kai Holm will be stepping down from his position effective immediately. Holm has been President for more than 26 years since the start of the IMGA in 1995.

Kai Holm

In 2020, Holm announced he would be leaving after the 2021 World Masters Games Kansai but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these Games have been postponed to May 2022.  He made the decision not to wait an additional year until after the Kansai World Masters Games in 2022 and to step down now to support the process of modernization within the IMGA, at a time the organization is going through a transition.

Holm said: “I have had the privilege to see the IMGA grow and become a very valuable partner to all our Host Cities around the world. My wish is that we as IMGA can continue to grow the Masters movement along with our with its partners, being the Host Cities and Member Federations, to and encourage people of all ages, mature individuals from all over the world to be active.”

Holm has announced world-renowned athlete, Vice President of World Athletics, Olympic Champion and IOC member, Sergey Bubka, has taken over as the acting President of the IMGA Board. “He is the right person to keep the IMGA relationships in good standing and continue the excellent cooperation between the IOC and the IMGA.”

Sergey Bubka competing in pole vault

For more information, visit https://imga.ch/