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July 21, 2009

Sydney Hosts World Masters Games

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

This October, Sydney will open it’s stadiums, tracks and gyms to more than 25,000 participants from more than 100 countries to compete in the most accessible and populous international sporting event in the world—the World Masters Games.

Boasting more competitors than the Summer Olympics, the World Masters Games are held in an international city every four years with participants competing in 28 official sports ranging from archery, basketball and cycling to tennis, volleyball and weightlifting.

The Games, which are open to “everyday athletes” between the ages of 25 and 35, are set to showcase in over 70 of Sydney’s finest venues, including Sydney Olympic Park as well as other well-known Olympic sites. There are currently almost 10,000 athletes registered.

“Sydney is thrilled to host the 2009 Sydney World Masters Games,” Margy Osmond, Chair of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Organizing Committee, said in a press release. “[It’s] a spectacular and inclusive event that has built a true world community over the years.”

No stranger to high-profile international sporting events, Sydney will welcome competitors and spectators alike with a multitude of festivities as well as the traditional Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

For more information or to register for the 2009 Sydney World Masters Games visit 2009worldmasters.com.

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