CLEVELAND – 2024 Pan-American Masters Games (PAMG) announced its official sports program featuring 26 sports and 30 disciplines to be held on July 12-21, 2024 in Northeast Ohio. Included in the program, 11 parasport or adaptive offerings will be available for masters athletes of all abilities to participate in The Games.
Hosted by Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, this Olympic-like sports festival for masters athletes, those competing over 30 years old, is expected to be the largest international gathering in Northeast Ohio’s history. Held every four years in the Americas, the Games will bring over 10,0000 masters athletes from more than 50 countries along with thousands of spectators, family and friends. This event will provide over $25 million in economic impact to the local economy.
“We’re excited to announce our official sports program for the 2024 Pan-American Masters Games. Our team has been hard at work over the last several months planning an event local, national and international masters athletes will enjoy,” said Rachael Stentz-Baugher, Executive Director of Pan-American Masters Games and SVP, Community and Corporate Engagement of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “We feel this line up of sports will showcase Cleveland’s world class venues, iconic skyline and beautiful parks while creating a fun and competitive atmosphere.
“With our organization’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, our team felt it was important to offer parasport options for athletes of all abilities to participate in and enjoy this multi-cultural celebration of active aging.”
The following sports and their respective disciplines are as follows:
Archery (target*), athletics (half marathon, 10K road race* and track & field*), badminton, baseball, basketball (3 on 3), bowling, curling, cycling (criterium, mountain bike, road race* and time trial*), disc golf, golf, ice hockey, judo, karate (kata and kumite), orienteering, pickleball, rowing*, sailing, soccer, softball (fast pitch and slow pitch), squash, ICF stand up paddle*, swimming*, table tennis*, tennis*, triathlon (Olympic and sprint*) and volleyball (beach and indoor).
*Denotes a parasport offering.
In addition to the official sports announcement, the Sports Commission has released the next iteration of the PAMG website available at clevelandmasters2024.com to provide further event information.
Registration for the Games will open later this summer with additional updates such as venues, sport requirements and hotels available throughout 2023. Masters athletes and community members who are interested in learning more can sign up for the newsletter.
The Games is a flagship event of the International Masters Games Association (IMGA), the world governing body for masters sport which organizes the World Masters Games (WMG), the largest international multisport event for masters athletes in the world.
About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission: Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting over 210 sporting events which provide more than $860 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. GCSC serves to measurably improve the economy of Greater Cleveland and enrich the community by attracting, creating, managing and enhancing significant sporting and competitive events. For more information, visit clevelandsports.org.
About International Masters Games Association: The International Masters Games Association (IMGA) is the world governing body for Masters sport who organizes the World Masters Games, the largest multi-sport event for Masters athletes. Founded in 1995 to support the Olympic movement and ‘sport for all’ philosophy, IMGA is a non-profit organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee.