Games of the day: Auckland 2017, the World Masters Games

If you’re a child of the 80’s driven to despair as you watch Rio 2016 and realise that only the equestrian, archery and shooting athletes appear to be older than you, you may fear your chances of participating at a major international sporting event are behind you. But you’d be wrong.

No end of Games claim to be the second in size only to the Olympics, few can lay claim to be bigger. Yet in 2009, nearly 30,000 participants made further use of the facilities built for Sydney 2000 by competing in the World Masters Games.

Next year from April 21 to 30, Auckland will host the 9th World Masters Games, most events have a minimum age of 35, though Micheal Phelps should note that some sports like swimming this can be as low as 25.

With an expected capacity of 25,000 participants for the 2017 Games it is time to sign up. New Zealand’s Stuff magazine reports that Games chief executive Jennah Wootten has advised the football and softball tournaments are already sold out, while hockey, archery and golf are also nearing capacity.

If those are your sports or if you’re still considered too young and spritely for Auckland then Kansai, Japan has the rights to the 2021 event. The Winter Games and numerous continental and national events, particularly in Australasia provide further opportunities. This November 5–13 the Pan-Pacific Masters will be held in some of the venues for the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

But if you can’t wait that long then you have until August 19th to sign up for the inaugral Americas Masters Games to be held in Vancouver, Canada, from August 26th to September 4th.