3 April 2017
International Masters Games Association (IMGA) General Assembly has elected Sergey Bubka to its Board in Aarhus, Denmark, in the course of 2017 SportAccord Convention.
IMGA is managing quadrennial Summer and Winter World Masters Games which are considered to be the world’s largest multi-sport events, as well as continental Masters Games. Auckland, New Zealand, will host next World Summer Games on April 21-30. 25,000 athletes from 100 countries have registered for the Games to compete in 28 sports and 45 disciplines.
Mr Bubka, who is IOC Executive Board member and IAAF Senior Vice President, thanked IMGA Assembly and organization’s long-standing President Kai Holm for electing him to the Board, saying, ‘IMGA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and is an integral part of the global sport movement. Hundreds of retired Olympians and other pro athletes receive a chance to continue their competitive careers at Masters Games. Moreover, Masters Games provide opportunities for thousands of amateur athletes to compete at the highest international level at any age after 35, feeling the spirit and atmosphere of Olympics. I am happy also that Rio, elected as a host of 2020 PanAmerican Masters Games, will use its legacy for the sake of sports.
I am looking forward to the effective job at the IMGA Board in close cooperation with global sport movement’.