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World Transplant Games, popularly referred to as WTG is an event staged and managed by the World Transplant Games Federation.
All the players taking place at the WTG have one thing in common; they have all undergone a successful organ transplant. The games aim at bringing together people from over 50 different countries who participate in one of the largest and most outstanding sporting activity involving people who have undergone organ transplant at least once in their lives.
The World Transplant Games Federation has one goal; to motivate organ transplant recipients as they go through the rehabilitation process to ensure a full recovery. The Federation does this by encouraging comradeship, healthy living practices, and exercises.
The World Transplant Games try to show that transplant recipients can also take part in competitive sporting activities just like their counterparts who have not undergone an organ transplant. WTG also gives an opportunity to living donors and donor families to be part of something that they helped build through their unmatched acts of kindness.
In 2019, the event will be held in NewcastleGateshead starting from August 17th to 23th of the same month.
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The event will see more than 3000 visitors from different countries across the globe visiting NewcastleGateshead, a city located on the North bank of R. Tyne. The city boasts of several outstanding cultural and historic landmarks such as the Durham Castle and the Angel of the North.
The city is not new to sporting activities as every year it hosts millions of people from different parts of the world who come to participate in different cultural and sporting activities including the famous Great North Run. It is expected that the beautiful land sceneries, cultural practices, and social program will give the local community an opportunity to interact with the visitors and the athletes during the WTG.
Who Can Participate in the World Transplant Games?
As already mentioned, the games are aimed at bringing transplant recipients together in a competitive/ playful environment.
However, there are some conditions that must be met before one can be allowed to participate. For instance, the participants must have had the transplant for at least one year, be healthy or medically fit, have a stable graft function and have trained or prepared for the sporting activity they want to participate in.
However, if someone has had the transplant for at least six months, is medically fit (as certified by their doctor) and has a stable graft function, then such a person may be allowed to participate.
Also, Living donors and Donor Families are allowed to participate in some selected sporting activities.
Sports will include;
- Track and field athletics
- Table Tennis
- Tennis and volleyball among others.
The participants will be arranged by gender, and the following age classes will apply;
Juniors- These will be designated as junior events;
- 15-17 years junior segment
- 12-14 years junior segment
- 9-11 years junior segment
- 6-8 years junior segment
- Five years and below.
However, juniors aging between 16-17 years can be allowed to participate in the adult events but on one condition; they must not participate in the junior events.
Double events- The following classes will apply
- 50 years and above
- 30-49 years
- Under 30 years
The following age classes will apply in athlete competition;
Eighty years and above, 70-79 years, 60-69 years, 50-59, 40-49, 30-39, 18-29.
Thinking of participating in this year’s World Transplant Games? Use this online registration platform, and you will be ready to go!