[Kyodo News, October 28th] The organizing committee of the World Veterans Games (WMG) centered on the Kansai region of Japan announced on the 28th that the event originally scheduled for May 2021 will be postponed for about one year. The board meeting held that day made the above decision. Affected by the expansion of the new crown epidemic, the organizing committee believes that it is difficult to hold events involving a large number of people at home and abroad.
The chairman of the organizing committee, Hyogo Prefecture Governor Toshizo Ido, and the chairman of the Kansai Economic Federation and the chairman of Sumitomo Electric Industries Matsumoto Masayoshi held a press conference in Osaka on the morning of the 28th. Ido said that WMG's philosophy is "to allow exchanges between players and local people, and enjoy sightseeing in Kansai after the competition", and stated that "it is difficult to implement this philosophy (next year)" on the reason for the postponement. The content of the council's decision will be reported to the plenary meeting of the International Veterans Games Association in Switzerland in November.
WMG is usually held the following year of the Summer Olympics. In principle, anyone over the age of 30 can participate. The competition held in Japan will be held in Kansai's 2 prefectures and 4 prefectures and Fukui, Tottori, Okayama, and Tokushima prefectures in 35 events including athletics and swimming. (Finish)