Moments of WMACi Daegu 2017
Inside the stadium, the crowds were buzzing in anticipation of the parade of athletes. After a few welcoming speeches, the official WMACi flag was raised signaling the start of the games.
Just like in the Olympics, the athletes entered the arena alphabetically by country and were met with a packed crowd of cheering and waving fans.
The crowd rose to their feet as the final country - the host country of Korea - entered the stadium.
Once all the athletes arrived, golden streamers exploded from the roof of the stadium and streamed down on the athletes below. The celebrations continued with a heartfelt concert of traditional Korean music and European opera.
Afterwards, an amazing Taekwondo demonstration wowed the crowds, followed by performances by popular Korean dancers and singers. By the end of the night, athletes from different countries danced with one another to Kpop music as they enjoyed an unforgettable opening ceremony.
The World Masters Athletic Championship Indoor is a track and field event attended by men and women athletes ages 35 and older. It is the first time that WMCAi has been held in Asia, and with over 4,000 participants from over 60 countries, it’s one of the largest sports events in the world. And it’s right here in Daegu!
Come out and cheer on your country at WMCAi! Admission is free, and there are plenty of activities to partake in between events such as taking a photo with the WMCAi mascot and sampling delicious Korean food at one of the many outdoor street vendors in front of the stadium. Come, run, enjoy it!