The World Transplant Games
The World Transplant Games are an important international sports event that aims to raise public awareness of the importance of organ, tissue and cell donations. The Games also provide transplanted athletes a great opportunity to prove to the world that a normal, healthy and productive life is possible after transplantation. Each of these international games provides a forum for sports, health and social exchange, while promoting organ donation and physical activity as prerequisites for a better and healthier life.
The World Transplant Games attract more than 1330 transplanted athletes of all ages from over 50 countries, demonstrating their talent and skills in 17 sports disciplines: Golf, basketball, athletics, petanque, table tennis, volleyball, tennis, squash, badminton, racquetball, cycling, bowling, kayaking, darts, swimming, triathlon and road racing.
The first World Transplant Games took place in Great Britain in 1978. At that time, the competition was still held annually. From 1982 - when Greece was the host country - the games were held every two years. Since 1994 there have also been Winter Games. The first World Transplant Winter Games took place in France, which was also the host country in January 2014. In 2015, the World Transplant Games took place in the Argentinean coastal town of Mar del Plata and in 2017 in Malaga, Spain.