The City of Torun and the Polish Masters Athletics are our hosts for the 2019 World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships. Four years after the very successful European Masters Indoor championships which hosted 2186 participants from 37 countries, an even bigger international Masters athletics event is coming back to Poland. Like me, athletes and teams still remember the outstanding venues, the perfect organisation and the warm welcome the local Polish people offered to them.
This beautiful and historical City is now inviting the athletes from all over the world to discover and enjoy their stay. The old town of Torun with its beautifully preserved historical buildings and unique monuments has been entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The City is fully supporting this Championship and you can be sure to find a very friendly welcome. Hospitality is a major strength of Poland and its people. There are many historic displays to see and lots of things to do in Torun so be prepared to take time exploring what this City has to offer the Masters athletes from around the world.
The bonus for athletes and their accompanying friends and family is that all of the competition venues are within a short distance from the City centre and the major accommodation facilities. Polish Masters Athletics has good international experience and an excellent range of quality officials. The Local Organising Committee is working hard to ensure a high quality Championship. I am personally looking forward to going back to Torun as I have every confidence that this will be a memorable, successful and high quality experience for all who take part.
On behalf of World Masters Athletics I would like to welcome you in Torun as a participant or a guest at the 2019 WMA Championships, Indoors in Torun. I thank Waclaw Krankowski with his team and the Polish Masters Athletics for their support in the organisation and management of this competition. I wish to acknowledge the support of the City of Torun and the sponsors who have contributed to making this Championship possible.
Finally, WMA extends its best wishes to all participants, officials, volunteers and all others that have been or will be involved in making these Championships a success. Let us look forward to a happy and enjoyable stay in Torun. Enjoy athletics, friendship and new experiences in our great Masters Athletics family!
On behalf of the WMA Council.