The representative body of Masters Sport worldwide, the IMGA, today announced its President Mr. Kai Holm, has stepped down from his position on 18 June 2021. He has been President for more than 26 years since the start of the Association in 1995. 

In 2020 he announced he would be leaving after the 2021 World Masters Games Kansai. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic these Games have been postponed to 2022, but he has made the decision not to wait a further year, and to step down now to support the process of modernisation within the IMGA, at a time the organisation is going through an organisational transition. 

Mr. Holm said: “I have had the privilege to see the IMGA grow and become a very valuable partner to all our Host Cities around the world. My wish is that we can continue to grow the Masters movement along with our partners, being the Host Cities and Member Federations, to encourage people of all ages, from all over the world to be active.” 

Mr. Kai Holm has announced world-renowned athlete, Vice President of World Athletics, Olympic Champion and IOC – member, Sergey Bubka, has taken over as the acting President of the IMGA Board. “He is the right person to keep the IMGA relationships in good standing and continue the excellent cooperation between the IOC and the IMGA.