Registration is now open for athletes seeking to compete at the 2023 Asia-Pacific Masters Games in Jeonbuk, with approximately 10,000 participants from 26 sports expected to compete at the event in South Korea.

It marks less than a year to go until the second edition of the Games.

“After our successful first edition of the Asia Pacific Masters Games in Penang in 2018, I am looking forward to bring the Masters community together in Jeonbuk, South Korea in 2023,” said International Masters Games Association Acting President Sergey Bubka.

“The Organising Committee is in full preparation to deliver a high-quality event and thousands of athletes will be participating to celebrate the love of sport, friendships and camaraderie.

“South Korea will delight athletes with its spectacular natural scenery and they will discover a world of stunning nature when traveling around during and after the Games.”

The Jeonbuk 2023 Asia Pacific Masters Games are scheduled to take place next year from May 12 to 20.

Organisers revealed the mascot and logo for the event a year before.

Achi and Taechi are the mascots for the Games, based on white and black magpies, otherwise known as “oriental magpies”, the official bird of the Jeollabuk-do Province in South Korea.

The logo with the letters “APMG” – the acronym for the event name – was revealed too, featuring the five “Obangsaek” colours, synonymous with Korean culture, adding green for environmental awareness.

The others are blue, representing east; white, representing west; yellow for centre; red for south and black for north.

In 2018, the first edition was held in Penang in Malaysia and attended by more than 5,000 athletes in 28 sports.

In February 2021, the Asia Pacific Masters Games was moved from 2022 to its 2023 dates, following the postponement of the Kansai World Masters Games from 2021 to 2022.

Written by Inside the Games reporter Michale Houston

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