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Makoto Chogahara, Kobe University, Japan; Rylee Dionigi, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Takafumi Yamaha, Gerontology Sports Laboratory, Japan; Chiyo Tsuruichi, President, NANO Association, Japan; Nobuhiro Ishizawa, Hokusho University, Japan

As the proportion of elderly in the population continues to increase, the needs and potential of sports participation have diversified, the number of sports enthusiasts focusing on competing and mastering sports is increasing, and more events are being held throughout the world.

In the past, physical activities for the elderly were designed to primarily maintain health, and as a result, the frequency, duration, intensity, and continuity of activities were emphasized, but there was not much interest in the level of specialization, skill, and achievement within these activities. In particular, there are personal and social stereotypes that competitive sports are not well suited for the elderly. However, even older adults enjoy sporting activities as an opportunity to compete and improve their skills, and this is supported by the recent popularity of masters sporting events and a growing number of elderly athletes participating in these events.

In the present symposium, leading academic researchers on older adults engaged in competitive sports and organizers of masters sporting events will discuss the potential of masters sports and talk about academic and practical issues in order to further promote masters sports.


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