Who is a "Master Athlete"?
Who is a "Master" Athlete?
Expressions such as “senior” or “veteran” are frequently applied to mature athletes. In the context of the World Masters Games, the term “Master” is applied to male and female competitors who comply with the International Sports Federations’ rules regarding the minimum age in their respective sport. Most Masters’ sports are arranged in age categories which increase by five or ten-year intervals.
As a guideline, the minimum age is 30 years. However, this depends on each sport’s international rulings and a decision by the host city organising committee and the IMGA Board of Governors.
Although no prior qualification is required in order to participate, many masters are extremely competent and competitive. Several are former World Champions or Olympians, others have had talents and motivation to make it to the top, but for various reasons, they never had the opportunity. Some compete solely to defy their age or to add a competitive element to the desire of staying in good shape.
All competitions are run by the respective international sports federation, in accordance with the technical specifications of the different federations.