World masters Games - Japan 2021

JohnK

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I got different values when I tallied up the numbers (I think about 300 for Lausanne?), but yes, they absolutely should have taken those factors into account.

I really expected better. They seemed to be so well organised with their presence in Auckland and last year in Turin, and were very keen to get information from us.
 


clarke150555

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Received an email today from WMG, they apologised for not confirming that I was on the waiting list. They confirmed that I'm on both waiting lists.
 


clarke150555

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Kansai put up a facebook post on 26th February showing entries so far for all sports. Total entries 10,266 - entries from Japan 9,362, from Rest of the world 904!! Over 91 per cent from Japan. Might as well rename it the Japanese Masters Games!

Also, there was a pre-registration system. I couldn't figure out how it worked, some pages were in Japanese. Anyway, 2,359 people pre-registered, 2,229 from Japan! Hats off to the 130 from outside Japan who managed to register.
 


JohnK

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Wow.

In NZ, there were a lot Kiwi archers, as you can imagine, but they by no means dominated the competition.
 


Senlac

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Update & complications...
Update1: after much back-n-forth re waiting lists (there are two: indoor & outdoor. And they need bow type for each, separately), WMG2021 confirmed I was on both waiting lists. But they declined to tell me how long the waiting lists are;
Update2: on 5-Mar they emailed be (twice, once for each waiting list) saying "We will consider to increase the number of participants as we have received registrations for the waiting list from many applicants at the moment. When organiser reviews the upper limit and decided to recruit additional participants, the waiting list registrant will be preferentially notified by e-mail before the general announcement"
Complications (i.e. speculation - but what the hell...)
A. the Olympics are teetering on the brink of being postponed. Already athletes' training is being severely disrupted, teams planning to relocate to Japan training camps are reconsidering, and pressure is building on the IOC to act. If the IOC do postpone, will there be knock-on effects on the WMG? A 6 month Olympics shift... maybe would not effect the WMG. But a 12 month shift would do the same to the WMG i.e. some sort of re-start?
B. The current shut-down of all archery in the UK (and I guess elsewhere in the world) must be having some impact on archers preparing for WMG2021. Or maybe not;
C. The current indefinite shut-down of international travel must be having some effect on registrations for the WMG...
D. anything I've missed???
My guess is that the WMG2021 Cttee will sit on their hands for a few months - until the situations on the pandemic and on the Olympics are clearer. They don't have to make any decisions now. But they will also probably not decide re expanding archery until they are confident they're going ahead?
 


clarke150555

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I have all but given up on being able to attend. Their organisation is terrible. Hotels at the venues are scarce. They seem to only want local participants. Why would I go?

World Archery are also next to useless. They hand over the World Masters Championship to these clowns, and then can't understand that the organisers have messed up. Typical clueless world body.

Crazy that the Olympics still haven't been cancelled. They would rather lose lives than lose face.......

Roll on the European Masters Games in 2023.
 


Senlac

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The IOC have just announced that they'll decide in one month. They say:
Cancellation is "not on the agenda", said the IOC, but a 'scaled-down' Games will also be considered. However, postponement - by either several months or probably a whole year - is thought to be the most likely outcome
One year would blow the WMG away....
 


JohnK

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I agree. If the Olympics is pushed to 2021, then the WMG will likely either be postponed as well, or even cancelled altogether.
 


Timid Toad

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Unlikely a year, though, as it will clash with the major world athletics champs; that's another huge 4 yearly event with even bigger sponsorship.
 


JohnK

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Pushing later in the year will be difficult because of the seasons. I understand those people who play with funny shaped balls had some trouble when they went to Japan last year experienced that.

Postponement is going to be hugely expensive and problematic, and not just because of clashes with other events. It's an awful situation for the people involved.

And I really do think this is going to have a big impact on the WMG. Still, maybe when (if?) it's finally held again they'll have sorted out the lack of archery spaces.
 


JohnK

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Statement from WMG committee on their FB page:

"The World Masters Games 2021 of the public interest foundation will be held as usual from may 14, 2021 at the kansai organization committee. It will be held in the same year due to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and paralympic games, but we will be able to take a look at the effects of the related organizations, competitions, etc.

"We are going to have a good discussion with the International Masters Games Association (Imga), competition organizations, etc. For the opening policy of the assumed meeting."

Well.

I've been in regular contact with someone at the IMGA about the WMG situation for archers. I haven't heard from him in a while, as no doubt they have other priorities right now. However, I might drop him a line soon to see whether there's any news.
 


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