World Masters Games 2021 KansaiSports to be held in Kyoto Prefecture

Click on each sport to see information about the venue.

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Soft Tennis
Originating in Japan, soft tennis is played using a soft rubber ball. Players hit the ball to each other over the net using a racket to score points. At the WMG2021 Kansai, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles will be held.
Flying Disc(Ultimate)
Flying disc is played by two teams of five players each in a court 68 meters long and 23 meters wide. Team members throw a plastic disc to each other and score a point when a member catches it in the end zone. Unlike in ball games, players need skills to leverage the excellent flying characteristics of the disc, as well as various physical abilities.
Handball
Handball is played by two teams of seven players each (including a goalkeeper). They shoot a palm-sized ball against the goal of the opponent to score. Running, throwing, and jumping are the three key elements of handball, highlighted by speedy offence and defense, as well as dynamic jump shots.
Canoe(Marathon [includ SUP & Dragon Boat])
All canoes start together and race against each other. The category, number of participating canoes, and distance vary by race. It is exciting to watch players row strategically, intensely and beautifully over long distances on natural waters while being exposed to the wind and waves.
Triathlon(Duathlon)
Duathlon is similar to triathlon except that swimming is replaced by a run. It consists of a running leg (long distance), cycling leg (bicycle road race), and another running leg, and players compete for a good finish time and a ranking position.
Cycling(Mountain Bike)
Using mountain bikes, players race on unpaved mountain roads. At the WMG2021 Kansai, the following races will be held: Cross Country Olympic, Cross Country Marathon, and Team Race.
Gateball
Gateball is played between two teams of five members each. They take turns hitting their balls through three gates in the court in a specific order and lastly hit the goal pole. The winning team is determined by the total scores of the team members. Originating in Japan, it is a highly strategic team sport in which team members need to cooperate to score more points.
Sports Climbing(showcase event)
The event will feature lead climbing, in which players attempt to climb as high as they can on a wall at least 12 meters high along the course (route) requiring up to 60 moves.

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Welcome to Kyoto

Just outside of Kyoto City, away from the world-famous tourist destinations,
you can discover yet another side to Kyoto.

Kyoto by the Sea: The northern part of Kyoto Prefecture is filled with blessings of nature nurtured by the Sea of Japan.
Woodland Kyoto: The central part of Kyoto Prefecture is home to a ‘Satoyama’ culture with lush forests.
Kyoto Tea Country: The southern part of Kyoto offers beautiful scenery of tea fields that have shaped the Japanese tea culture.
Kyoto Otokuni Bamboo Grove: Otokuni used to be the capital city before the Heian era. Ancient tombs and bamboo forests still remain today.
Such different faces of Kyoto have shaped the Kyoto culture for generations.
Surrounded by the sea, forests, and mountains, Kyoto also offers a great environment for sports and has hosted numerous international sports events.

During the World Masters Games 2021 Kansai, the opening ceremony as well as eleven sports will be held at eight venues in Kyoto Prefecture.

Enjoy sports while you experience your own unique Kyoto adventure.

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