After two postponements, the Kansai Organizing Committee and the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) have reached an agreement on new dates for the Kansai World Masters Games.
The World Masters Games were due to be held in May 2022 but got postponed for the second time in December 2021 due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns which would not allow foreign travel into Japan.
It has been a challenge for the two parties to find new dates for IMGA’s flagship event. Giving certainty to athletes the event could take place, considering the current IMGA events calendar that has been scheduled for the coming years, and acknowledging the planning of events and weather conditions in Kansai were taken into consideration when looking for a new date
The event has been rescheduled to May 2027 which means there will be two World Masters Games events within a timeframe of two years. Another World Masters Games event will take place in 2025 in Taipei & New Taipei city.
In 2023, the IMGA will reunite Masters Athletes again after three years without events – the last one being the Winter World Masters Games which saw over 3000 winter enthusiasts in the city of Innsbruck.