CLEVELAND – Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced the 2024 Pan-American Masters Games (PAMG) will be held in Cleveland during the Summer of 2024.
This multisport event is expected to be the largest international gathering in Northeast Ohio’s history bringing over 7,500 athletes from more than 50 countries along with thousands of spectators, family and friends. PAMG is estimated to provide nearly $18 million in direct spending into the local economy.
Held every four years in the Americas, PAMG is an Olympic-like sports festival for athletes over 30 years old. It features nearly 20 medal-contending sports including track and field, tennis, basketball, pickle-ball and cycling.
“Cleveland has built a reputation for successfully hosting large multi-sport events such as the 2014 Gay Games, 2013 National Senior Games and 2004 International Children’s Games,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
“The sports commission has spent six years tenaciously pursuing this incredible opportunity for our community, and now the preparation begins; this will take a community-wide effort to make it the best Masters Games ever. All eyes will be on The Land, as our city is elevated to an international stage continuing to change perceptions and showcase the pride we all have in Cleveland.”
PAMG is a flagship event of International Masters Game 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.
WMG’s value sport and friendship, and promote active lifestyles, no matter an athlete’s age. A Masters athlete is designated as anyone 30 years or older, depending on the sport or competition. Competitors have been known to be over 100 years of age.
“Given Cleveland’s reputation for staging both professional and recreational sports events, I am delighted for the Masters games to be hosted here,” said Jens V. Holm, CEO of IMGA. “The Masters athletes will no doubt get a first-class sporting event along with a fantastic tourism experience while exploring the beautiful region near Lake Erie.”
IMGA is a non-profit organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Founded in 1995 to support the Olympic movement and emphasize a ‘sport for all’ philosophy, each sport included in a Games is associated with an international federation. These international federations, such as FIFA, World Rowing and FIBA, help manage each competition by appointing a technical delegate who will ensure the sport rules and regulations are followed.”
About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission: Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting over 210 sporting events which provide more than $830 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.