“The practice of sport is a human right.”
- Olympic Charter
The World Masters Games were founded in 1985 to bring athletes over age 30, of any ability, together to compete internationally. The 2020 Winter World Masters Games (WWMG) are heading to Innsbruck & Seefeld, Austria from January 11 - 19, 2020. Seefeld is the site of the 2019 Nordic World Championships. The WWMG are only held every 5 years -- in contrast to to the Masters Cross Country World Cup, which happens annually. The WWMG brings athletes together from many winter sports, including cross country, biathlon, ski jumping, ice hockey, figure skating and more. In 2020, WWMG expects over 3,000 participants to compete in Innsbruck. That’s more than the 2,922 athletes who competed in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games. In fact, some events, such as biathlon, are already sold out.
Fortunately, the cross country competitions have no participation limit. In contrast to the Olympic Games, the WWMG has no country delegations, so athletes compete for themselves. Relays, for example, can comprise athletes from any countries. The International Olympic Committee is a partner of the World Masters Games and sees participation in masters sport as a continuation of the Olympic movement, where participants, regardless of ability, can experience a competitive events in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The courses for the cross country events will be held on the same trails as the 2019 Nordic World Championships and the same venue as the 1964 and 1976 Olympic Games in Seefeld, Austria.
Click the link to learn more about the 2020 Winter World Masters Games. Lumi Experiences is offering a fully-supported trip to Seefeld for the games. Visit www.lumiexperiences.com for more information about the trip.