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Entry is open to all recipients of life supporting allografts and heamopoetic cell transplants from other individuals or species which require or have required the use of immunosuppressive drug therapies.

Competitors must have been transplanted for at least 1 year, with stable graft function, be medically fit and have trained for the events in which they have entered.

If a potential competitor has been transplanted for at least 6 months, with stable graft function, has been training and has the permission from their own doctor, their entry may be considered by the WTGF medical committee and be allowed.

Age – participation is from 4 years to 80+ years.

Donor Families and Living donors are invited to take part in a select array of sporting events to help recognise their contribution. See Sports.

Organ transplant – individual must have received an organ from someone else and received immunosuppressant post-transplant.

Bone Marrow recipients – individuals who have received a bone marrow or stem cell transplant from a donor and are on, or, have been on immunosuppressants post-transplant.

Competitors or supporters should not attend any WTG event if they have an acute infectious illness or are suffering from a chronic infective process.

Living Donors – there are numerous events during the Games which are open to living donors including relay races with transplant recipient teams.

Supporters – the events schedule includes many events open to registered supporters including the Donor Run which takes place on Sunday 18 August 2019.

2019 Summer World Transplant Games take place Saturday 17 to Saturday 24 August.

The games take place in NewcastleGateshead. Newcastle, a city on the North bank of the River Tyne and Gateshead to the south, form a cultural hub in North East England. With coast and countryside just a short distance away, NewcastleGateshead and the wider region is packed with experiences for athletes and supporters to explore.

The games take place in world-class sporting venues including: Close House Golf Resort, Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Gateshead International Stadium, Sport Central, the Northumberland Club and NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

There are more than 7500 city centre bedrooms just a short distance from the main Games venues. Team managers will be selecting appropriate accommodation for teams and these will be available through the registration system. See Costs and packages.

We will be using a selection of the accommodation available locally including 4 star, standard, self-catering and University.

https://www.newcastlegateshead.com/accommodation (please note not all of the establishments listed on the NewcastleGateshead.com website will be used).

Registration is online and individuals can complete there or liaise with their National Team Manager. Registration

Registration opens 5 December 2018. Early Bird closes 18 January 2019 (Save £50 per person per package). Registration closes 1 May 2019. Registration

Yes you can cancel your registration. Cancellations made on or before 1 May 2019 will receive 100% refund (less bank charges). Cancellations made between 2 May and up to and including 13 May 2019 will receive 70% refund (less bank charges). Cancellations made after and including 14 May will not receive a refund. If an athlete is found medically unfit by the WTG Medical Panel they shall receive a 85% refund (only if FULL payment was received by 15 May).

1 May 2019. Early Bird closes 18 January 2019.

Yes, all athletes must participate for their country and all registrations must go through the Country’s Team Manager. Team Manager contacts are WTG2019 WEBSITE CONTACTS 6dec.

The list of member countries is accessible here: https://wtgf.org/member-countries/ If your country is not listed contact: wtgf@wtgf.org

Registration fees cover the cost of participating in the sports (up to 5 events). See Costs and packages

Yes, Transplant recipients must submit a medical certificate. Hard copies will be posted on line January 2019 and online versions available 28 February 2019.

Yes, medical teams will be on site at training and event venues and there will be designated Games Clinics – locations TBC.

Sports include:

  • athletics
  • archery
  • badminton (singles and doubles)
  • 10 pin bowling
  • cycling time trials and road races
  • darts,
  • football
  • golf
  • petanque (singles and doubles)
  • road race
  • squash
  • swimming
  • table tennis (singles and doubles)
  • tennis (singles and doubles)
  • 3 on 3 basketball
  • volleyball
    See sports and rules

Athletes will compete by gender in the following age groups:

(18-29), (30-39), (40-49), (50-59), (60-69), (70-79) and (80+).

Doubles events: (under 30), (30-49) and (50+).

Juniors will compete in events designated as junior events by gender in the following age groups:

(5 years and under), (6-8), (9-11), (12-14) and (15-17).

Juniors 16 or 17 years of age are permitted to compete in adult age events but must then compete only in adult events.

Age on the day of the Opening Ceremony of the Games will apply.

A full set of rules are available here

Yes and all athletes must pledge that their conduct will reflect the highest level of sportsmanship and decorum – see Code of Conduct


The official results from each day’s competitions should be available online at the end of each day and to team managers within 24 hours.

Final results and the medals table should be published at the end of the Games.

Results from previous games can be viewed at: https://wtgf.org/results/

Yes for first 3 in each event, plus World Transplant Games Federation Awards including;

  • Outstanding Team Award
  • Outstanding Athlete Award (Men)
  • Outstanding Athlete Award (Women)
  • Junior Outstanding Athlete Award (Boys)
  • Junior Outstanding Athlete Award (Girls)
  • Maurice Slapak Award – Men’s 5K Road Race Team
  • Peter Griffin Award – Men’s Swimming Freestyle Relay
  • Orien Young Award – Men’s 4x100m Relay

Only limited equipment will be provided. All athletes should ensure that they have the correct equipment to compete.

The LOC will assist where possible but will only provide necessary consumables and a basic level of equipment. Please check the sport rules for further information.

Yes, there will be one training opportunity provided for athletes in every sport (normally at the competition venue) – schedule will be posted soon.

NewcastleGateshead is compact and venues are accessible by Metro. Designated transport/transfers will operate from and to Newcastle International Airport, Central Station and Port of Tyne to Games accommodation on arrival and departure days 16 & 17 & 24 August (excludes accreditation only).

Designated transport throughout the Games to and from sports venues will utilise the designated transport provider (passes will be provided for Metro) where possible or alternative transport will be provided from and to designated pick up and drop off points.

More information to follow.

Registration is located at Newcastle Civic Centre (TBC). Team Managers are responsible for registering their participants.


The opening ceremony will take place on Saturday 17 August – venue and time TBC.

The closing ceremony takes place on Friday 23 August. Venue and time TBC.

Athletes and supporters that have purchased accreditation will have full access to the sporting and social programme.

For some elements of the sporting programme, hosted at large outdoor venues, there will be capacity for non-accredited spectators and this will be free to spectate. Where there may be limited capacity at indoor venues and small outdoor venues, we aim to enable family and friends that are non-accredited to apply for low cost spectator passes for single sports in advance. More details of the sports this may apply to will be available early March.

NewcastleGateshead is one of the driest cities in the UK. Average temperatures range from 12-19 degrees celsius in the Summer.

To the UK from outside the country is +44. If calling overseas dial 00 followed by the country code.

NewcastleGateshead is a safe city to visit however as in all major European cities it is recommended that you take the usual precautions to protect yourself and your personal belongings. When in the region in case of severe emergencies, dial 999 for police, fire or ambulance and for other incidents, theft or assault go to the nearest police station or contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Once registration has been open longer, we will have a better idea of spare capacity available at the social events. If there is any spare capacity we will release additional stand-along tickets for purchase. In the interest of fairness we may limit additional ticket sales per person and/or priorities additional ticket sales to those who have registered for a full package, followed by those who are accreditation only. We are aiming to communicate more information early March.

Once we have allocated accommodation, we will advise team managers of where their team will be accommodated and include information with regards to local car parking, all accommodation will either have car parking on site or nearby.

Car parking is not included within the hotel packages and therefore if car parking is required this will be in addition to package costs. We will inform all participants once we have confirmation of their allocated accommodation.