World Masters Athletics Championships

The World Masters Athletics Championships are the biennial championships for masters athletics events held under the auspices of World Masters Athletics, formerly called the World Association of Veteran Athletes, for athletes over the age of 35 years.[1]

World Masters Athletics Championships
TypeMasters athletics

The outdoor championships began in Toronto, Canada on August 11, 1975 and have continued in odd numbered years. In July 2011, World Masters Athletics changed their constitution to hold Championships in even numbered years, starting in 2016. Perth, Western Australia was selected to hold the first even year meet.[2] Later Road Racing Championships called Non-Stadia Championships were added, starting in Birmingham, England August 29–30, 1992. Indoor Championships in even numbered years started Sindelfingen, Germany, March 10–14, 2004.

The 2020 edition was scheduled to take place at the York Lions Stadium and Varsity Stadium in Toronto, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] World Masters Athletics attempted to postpone the competition to 2021, with Tampere serving as host, but again this was cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. The event was rescheduled to 2022 in Tampere and make-up editions being held in annual succession in 2023 (Edmonton) and 2024 (Gothenburg).[4]


Edition Year City Country Venue Date
1 1975Toronto CanadaCentennial Park Stadium11–16 August
2 1977Gothenburg SwedenSlottskogsvallen8–13 August
3 1979Hanover West Germany27 July–2 August
4 1981Christchurch New ZealandQueen Elizabeth II Park7–14 January
5 1983San Juan Puerto Rico23–30 September
6 1985Rome Italy22–30 July
7 1987Melbourne Australia29 November–6 December
8 1989Eugene United StatesHayward Field27 July–6 August
9 1991Turku FinlandPaavo Nurmi Stadium 18–28 July
10 1993Miyazaki JapanMiyazaki Athletic Stadium7–17 October
11 1995Buffalo United StatesUniversity at Buffalo Stadium13–23 July
12 1997Durban South Africa17–27 July
13 1999Gateshead United KingdomGateshead International Stadium29 July–8 August
14 2001Brisbane Australia1–14 July
15 2003Carolina Puerto Rico1–13 July
16 2005San Sebastian SpainAnoeta Stadium22 August–3 September
17 2007Riccione ItalyStadio Italo Nicoletti4–15 September
18 2009Lahti FinlandLahden Stadion28 July–8 August
19 2011Sacramento United StatesHornet Stadium6–17 July
20 2013Porto Alegre BrazilEstádio Universitário de Porto Alegre15–27 October
21 2015Lyon FranceStephane-Diagana Athletic Hall4–16 August
22 2016Perth AustraliaWestern Australian Athletics Stadium26 October–6 November
23 2018Málaga SpainMálaga Athletics Stadium8–20 September
2020Toronto CanadaToronto Track and Field Centre & Varsity Stadium20 July–1 August (cancelled)
24 2022Tampere FinlandTampere Stadium
24 2023Edmonton CanadaCommonwealth Stadium
25 2024Gothenburg SwedenSlottsskogsvallen & Ullevi Stadium

See also


  1. "History of World Masters Athletics", World Masters Athletics
  2. "Perth wins for 2016!", Perth 2016, Australian Masters Athletics Inc - Perth 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships, Western Australia
  3. "World Masters Athletics Championships 2020 Cancelled". Master Athlete. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  4. World Masters Athletics Postpone Tampere 2021. New Zealand Masters Athletics (2020-12-23). Retrieved 2021-01-17.