“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport in accordance with his or her needs.” Olympic Charter. Fundamental Principles.
During October, the World Masters Games 2017 team had the privilege of attending four masters sports events in four very different parts of the world – France, Australia, United States of America and New Zealand.
There we met tens of thousands of passionate masters competitors of all ages, cultures, races, religions and backgrounds.
It is often said that the camaraderie of masters sport is what keeps participants in the game. That friendships forged in the heat of fierce competition become more important than the act of winning.
We witnessed first hand how the act of coming together, for the love of sport, is a global movement that has the capability to transcend cultural differences and social status.
To all those we met on our travels, welcome to the WMG2017 family. We hope to see you in Auckland, New Zealand, for the World Masters Games 2017 where we can celebrate again the ‘sport for all’ philosophy of the Olympic Charter.