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Indoor Championships: Daegu breaks all World Records
Record entry; record number of countries
World largest ever Indoor International Athletic Championships

The inaugural World Masters Indoor Championships was held in snow covered Sindelfingen, Germany in 2002 attracting 2,635 competitors from 57 countries. It was a huge success, meeting a growing need for our ever increasing number of affiliates and countries. Cross-country races were also included but did not attract a large entry and questions were raised initially as to the wisdom of including some outdoor events.

That was 15 years ago and now these biennial Championships have broken all records in terms of the number of athletes and events entered. All Regions are represented here in Daegu with a record total of 4,325 competitors from a WMA record 73 countries, entering 7,759 events, up from the previous Championships 3,852competitors from 70 countries in Budapest. WMA and the host nation are to be congratulated on undertaking this enormous task. It is only the second time that these Championships have been held outside of Europe, Kamloops, Canada, hosted the event in 2010. The interest these Championships have engendered in Asia is evident from the strong support from the host nation and surrounding countries. Athletes from European countries are also prepared to travel, it augers well for an intense Global Masters 7-day Championships.

Bridget Cushen
March 2017