A unique sporting event. A celebration of life and friendship among people. This is how the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 will be. An event that embraces the causes of health and well-being through sports in one of the most beautiful places in the world: Rio de Janeiro.
Host of the Olympic Games Rio-2016 and of seven Fifa World Cup Brazil-2014 matches, including the final, the ‘Marvelous City’ will welcome a master sport community from September 4th to the 13th in 2020. Between 10 and 20 thousand people are expected to take part in the competition whose program features 24 sports and 49 disciplines performed in 25 venues, most of which were used during the Olympics. That is, the participants of the Pan-American Games will have the opportunity to compete and have fun in the same places where stars such as Usain Bolt, Kevin Durant and Neymar reached their Olympic glory.
The story of the Masters Games in Brazil begins in April 2017, when Rio de Janeiro earned the right to host the Pan-American Games by winning a tough bidding process along with Cali, in Colombia, and Cleveland, in the United States. Rio’s bid was an initiative of the Brazilian Committee of Masters Sports (CBEM), with the support of Rio de Janeiro’s municipality, Rio de Janeiro’s state government, Brazilian Hotel Industry Association of Rio de Janeiro (ABIH-RJ) and Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau. The signature of the contract with the body that regulates the World Master Movement, the International Masters Games Association (IMGA), took place on October 2018, in a ceremony that was held at the Palácio da Cidade (the headquarters of Rio de Janeiro City Hall) in the presences of Mayor Marcelo Crivella, the president of IMGA, Kai Holm, and many authorities and athletes.
The Masters Games follow the IMGA “Sports for All” philosophy, as a totally democratic event open to the participation of people from all over the world, without the need of reaching a technical level or being member of a sporting organization. The event is open for sportspeople that are over the ages usually required in high performance competitions, starting from an average of 30 years, and even competitors over the age of 100.
The Masters Games will have a positive impact on Rio’s tourism and economy, with a prospect of an revenue of R$ 150 million generated by the athletes and their relatives spendings in the city.
The Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 will include popular sports in Brazil such as track & field, soccer, volleyball, basketball, judo, jiu-jitsu, tennis, skateboarding and surfing. The games will also include disciplines that are not common in Brazil, yet practiced in many other countries throughout the world, such as golf, flying disc and dancesport.
Sports such as volleyball are expected to gather more than 400 teams, while the street race is expected to bring together 10,000 runners.
Besides competing, the athletes that will take part in the Masters Games will also have a lot of fun. At the end of each day of competitions, they will be able to relax in the Masterfests, that will take place in two spots of the city, providing the best of Rio de Janeiro’s music, dance, gastronomy and culture.
In order to organize the games and deliver an unforgettable competition to the athletes and the audience, a group of professionals have been working hard for a while. Besides the Masters Games Organizing Committee, a task group was created in Rio’s City Hall that has set weekly meetings with the aim of leaving a tangible legacy of this event, far beyond the use of the Olympic venues.
The idea is to involve all the municipality areas in which sporting activities take place for the Masters Games, in an articulated way, such as: Olympic Villages (SUBEL), Olympic Park and Radical Park of Deodoro (SUBLO), Academy for the elderly (SMASHD), Cariocas Academies (SMS), Club of the Municipal Employees (GM) and Municipal Parks (SMA).
In order to achieve this planning, the “Carioca Leaders” were recruited, as part of a transversal task group with the aim of developing the strategic plan of the physical sport activities at the very beginning so that the government employees can prepare for the Games in these places and then the population can also do the same.
The Masters Games follow the IMGA “Sports for All” philosophy, as a totally democratic event open to the participation of people from all over the world.
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