POSTPONED: Pan-American Masters Games 2020
After having carefully monitored the current Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak a joint decision by the Organising Committee and the IMGA (International Masters Games Association) has been taken to postpone the 2020 Pan-American Masters Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It has been a very difficult decision, but it is paramount that the event can be held in an environment that is safe and enjoyable to all our participants from the region and worldwide.
Due to the complexity of moving an event of this size a new opening date has not yet been established. We will inform everyone of the new dates as soon as we know when the event will take place. In the meantime, we will close registrations and refund all athletes who have already paid and registered. Please note that no administration fees will be added but certain bank and transfer fees may apply.
The Organising Committee and the IMGA thank Masters Athletes, Co-organisers, Supporters, Sponsors, Supporting Organisations, Media Partners, and all our friends for your immense support towards these games so far, and express our sincere apologies towards the inconvenience caused under these unforeseen circumstances.
Host to the Olympic Games in 2016 and to seven FIFA World Cup 2014 matches, Brazil’s ‘Marvellous City’ will welcome the Masters community from September 4 to 13 for the 2020 Pan-American Masters Games.
10 to 20,000 people are expected to participate in a program that features 24 sports and 44 disciplines performed in 25 Olympic-standard venues. The Masters athletes of the 2020 Pan-American Masters Games will have the opportunity to compete and have fun in the same places where stars like Usain Bolt, Kevin Durant and Neymar experienced Olympic glory.
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 sport event is open for all people, starting from an average of 30 years (this depends on the sports category), and even competitors over the age of 100.
When will the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 take place?
The Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 will occur from September 4th to the 13th in 2020, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Which sports will be in the program of the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020?
The Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 will gather 24 sports and 43 disciplines. The sports are: Track & Field (including Street Running), Basketball, Canoeing, Cycling, DanceSport, Flying Disc, Soccer, Golf, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Swimming (including Marathon swimming), Orienteering, Water Polo, Rowing, Surfing, Tennis, Table tennis, Triathlon, Shooting, Archery, Sailing, Volleyball and Skating, which will feature as a demonstration sport.
Where will the competitions occur?
Competitions will take place in 25 sport venues, most of them used during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, including Olympic Park, the Radical Park of Deodoro, Olympic Shooting Center, Olympic Golf Course, Marina da Glória, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Riocentro, Copacabana Beach, Maria Lenk Aquatics Center and the Julio Delamare Aquatic Park. The complete list of the venues where the competitions will occur can be found on the official website (link for the specific page).
Will the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 be open for the participation of people with disabilities?
Yes, the sports that will have the participation of people with disabilities are: Canoeing, Street Running, Swimming, Rowing, Triathlon and Archery.
Who can register?
The Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 are open for participants from all over the world that meet the requirements of minimum age for the sports in which they will compete and have the physical and technical capacity to compete in the disciplines that feature in the program. To check if you meet each sport requirements, access the rules of the competitions in…
People from other continents besides the Americas can take part in the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020?
Yes. Just like all competitions from the International Masters Games Association (IMGA), the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 are open to sportspeople from all over the world.
Do I need to be part of a national team or a club in order to participate?
The Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 are not disputed between clubs and nations. In the individual sports, each participant can represent himself. In the collective sports the participant can represent a group of friends, a club or any given entity.
Do participants need to be from the same country in team competitions?
No. In team competitions the teams can be formed by people of the same nationality or by mixed teams, with people from different countries.
Is it necessary to reach any specific sporting standard in order to participate?
Participants don’t have to meet any specific sporting standard, nor will they be required to prequalify in their categories.
What is the registration fee?
The registration fee is US$ 200, for foreigners and US$ 100,00 for Brazilian. Each registration gives the participant the right to take part in two sports and five competitions in each one of them. For example: the same person can choose to play basketball in the 5×5 and 3×3 disciplines and take part in up to five swimming competitions. The Street Running competition will be considered as a separate event within the program of the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 and its registration will have affordable prices.
Besides allowing participation in sporting events, does the payment of the registration fee enable participants to take part in other activities?
Yes, all those who are registered in the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 will be able to participate in the Masters Fests, daily celebrations in two of Rio de Janeiro’s iconic spots. In addition, everyone will receive the Athlete Kit, consisting of a backpack and various gifts from the sponsors of the event.
How will the registration for team sports be?
Each team must have a representative who will register on behalf of the team. In addition to this enrollment, each member of the group must register individually indicating the sport chosen and which team they are connected to.
Does the competition provide uniforms to the participants?
No. Participants must compete wearing their own uniforms or outfits commonly used while practicing the sport.
Are competition venues accessible by public transportation?
Yes, this is an important mark of the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020: all venues are accessible by public transportation
In addition to the competitions, will there be social events in the city?
Yes, participants and the public will have the opportunity to enjoy the best of Rio de Janeiro. Every day, after the competitions there will be Masters Fests in two parts of the city. These are social events to celebrate the sports spirit, to eat, drink and dance with live Brazilian and international music.
Is there any official agency responsible for offering accommodation, transportation and experiences in Rio de Janeiro?
The 4BTS, a Grupo Águia’s company, is the official sponsor of the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 and will be the agency responsible for offering accommodation, transportation and memorable experiences in the city of Rio de Janeiro and throughout Brazil for national and international visitors. For more information access…
Do foreign athletes need a visa to enter Brazil?
Citizens of some countries will need a visa to enter Brazil so that they can take part in the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020. For more information, visit the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs page: http://www.portalconsular.itamaraty.gov.br/vistos-para-viajar-ao-brasil
What is the expected number of registered sportspeople?
Between 10 and 20 thousand sportspeople are expected at the Rio 2020 Masters Pan American Games.
Who is responsible for organizing Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020?
The competition, conceived by the Brazilian Committee of Masters Sports (CBEM) and with the support of Rio de Janeiro’s city hall, Rio de Janeiro’s state government and groups within the hospitality sector, will be carried out by the Local Organizing Committee. It is part of the official calendar of the International Masters Games Association (IMGA).
Are the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 part of the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) official calendar?
Yes, the Pan-American Masters Games Rio 2020 are part of the official calendar of the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) that approves the European Masters Games, the Asian Masters Games and the Winter and Summer Masters World Games.