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The Games will be hosted by Transplant Australia which won a competitive bid to host the Games.
The Games are owned by the World Transplant Games Federation. A unanimous decision of the trustees awarded the Games to Perth.
Entry is open to all recipients of life supporting allografts and haemopoietic 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 permission from his own doctor, his 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. These include: 5km road race, 50m freestyle swim, 100m athletics sprint, ball throw and long jump.
All competitors must be members of their relevant WTGF country member organisation.
The Games will be held between Saturday April 15 to Friday April 21, 2023.
Athletics, Badminton, 3on3 Basketball, Cycling, Darts, Petanque, 5k Road Race, Sprint Triathlon, Squash, Swimming, Golf, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling, Volleyball, 6-a-side Football and Lawn Bowls.
The Games have two objectives: to promote organ donation and encourage more people across the world to register and support donation; and to help recipients improve their health and fitness around their transplanted organ.
The Games have been held on the continents of Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. This will be the third time the Games have been staged in Australia with previous Games in Sydney in 1997 and the Gold Coast in 2009. They were last staged in Newcastle, England, in 2019. They were due to be held in Houston, Texas, in 2021 but were cancelled because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Transplant Australia is confident that by 2023 vaccinations for COVID-19 will have been rolled out throughout the world and international travel and confidence in travelling will have returned. Nevertheless, it is taking into consideration all factors related to the pandemic and has built into the contractual arrangements the option to postpone the Games in the unlikely event the pandemic is still causing problems.
The World Transplant Games is only made possible by the support of government, corporate and philanthropic partners. See Partners here.
Transplant Australia anticipates opening registration for the Games in April 2022.
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