Have a yen for World Masters Games? Kansai, Japan, hosts in 2021

Logo for 2021 WMG: You figure it out.

Former Kiwi decathlon champion Grant Chapman, now a New Zealand Herald correspondent, covered the Auckland World Masters Games and also competed in the discus — where he fell to fourth after being in the medal hunt. Great yarn. But at the end of his story, he writes: “So now that’s over, what next? Should I dust off the road bike and pedal off into the sunset, or come back next summer as a sad, old below-average decathlete?” He says: “I’m not sure my body could sustain 10 events – my throwing arm is virtually falling off, already – but maybe if I changed my diet, dropped 10kg, lifted more weights, did some more running … Look out Kansai, Japan, 2021.” Kansai? Have I covered that? Nope. So here’s some news: A year after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2021 World Masters Games arrive in Kansai, a region of southern Japan. More on Kansai WMG at Inside the Games, which scooped me by three years. Oh well.

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May 11, 2017

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  1. Mary Harada - May 11, 2017

    sounds great to me – hope I am still sunny side up of the turf in 2021 and able to crank around the track for a few laps. I guarantee I will be much slower then than I am now – get out the sun dial to time me.

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