Record Numbers for 2024 WMA Championships

The city of Gothenburg, Sweden will host the World Masters Athletics (WMA) Championships, scheduled for August 13-25, 2024. The Championships, which date back to 1975, will have a new record of Masters Athletes and countries in attendance. Over 8,000 athletes ranging between the ages 35-100+ will compete in running, jumping, throwing and race-walking events in both stadia and non-stadia, running and walking disciplines.

Sweden tops the entries with 1,883 participants, followed by the USA with 602, Germany, 579, United Kingdom 558 and Spain 369. The WMA highlights the attendance of athletes from 111 countries; many are making the journey to Sweden after overcoming the many barriers of training, and the challenge of reaching competition stage, particularly in countries like Cuba, Mongolia, Venezuela, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Ghana, and Papua New Guinea.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to attract such an unprecedented response to the Gothenburg championships! We take great pride in providing the highest level of competition for Masters Athletes, but also creating the opportunity to share their intensity and passion with likeminded competitors from around the world. Our athletes have many compelling and unique stories that are riveting and inspiring. Our Championships are truly a cultural experience in every sense for the participants.” Says Margit Jungman, President of WMA.

WMA and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) wish to recognize their partners including Göteborg & Co., the City of Gothenburg and the Swedish Athletics Association, for their involvement in bringing to reality the Gothenburg Championships.

For more information about the 2024 World Masters Athletics Championships, visit

About WMA

The World Masters Athletics organizes, regulates, administers and promotes premier athletic events for athletes thirty-five and over, of all abilities. It also encourages their passion for active healthy competition, global camaraderie, and celebratory spirit. For more information, visit