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Ageing games Enjoying the highest life expectancy in the world, Andorra took active participation for pensioners to another level this year, by staging the world’s first Sports Games for the Elderly. Kath Hudson reports

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hile out running last week, I was overtaken by a 76-year-old man who – I discovered – only took up running in his 40s. He’s since become a serial marathon runner. An 80-year-old woman is a regular face on Cornwall’s triathlon circuit, knocking out times people a fraction of her age would struggle to beat. Yet frequently this demographic is not catered for by sports clubs and local authorities. More often than not, they consider people over 50 to be ‘older customers’ and there’s little in the way of organised competitive sport aimed at septagenarians, or older.

ACTIVE AGEING

Andorra has the highest life expectancy in the world at 83.5 years, and the elderly are unusually healthy and active

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Andorra – a tiny principality which sits in the Pyrenees, between France and Spain – went against this trend when it staged its Sports Games for the Elderly this June. An initiative of the Olympic Committee of Andorra, funded by Olympic Solidarity, the event was organised in collaboration with the government, municipalities and the Senior Andorrans Federation. For the first half of 2016 activities were organised to prepare potential participants for the main event on 15 June. Elderly people were invited to get ready for competitions and participate in organising the event, along with school children and experts.

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Sports Management October 2016 issue 127  

Sports Management August 2016 issue 125 Sports Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global sports faci...

Sports Management October 2016 issue 127  

Sports Management August 2016 issue 125 Sports Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global sports faci...