The multi-sport event is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Toronto staged the first World Masters Games in 1985. Bled (Slovenia) staged the first Winter World Masters Games in 2010. and the second edition of the Games took place in Quebec (Canada) in 2015.
More than 3,000 athletes from over 58 nations will gather in Innsbruck to compete for medals in 12 disciplines -Alpine Skiing, Ski Mountaineering, Curling,Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Short Track, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, and Ski Orienteering-, according to the motto “spirit together”.
After hosting the Winter Olympic games of 1964 and 1976, the Universiade 2005, the 2012 Youth Olympic Games and the International Children's Games in 2016, the Winter World Masters Games will once again place Innsbruck in the International multi-sport spotlight.
On 11th of January the Masters Games 2020 will be ceremonially opened in the heart of the city of Innsbruck. The athletes' parade will be the first highlight.