World Masters Athletics Toronto 2020 (WMATO2020) will kick off with the Opening Ceremony in Toronto on July 19, 2020 at Varsity Stadium, the evening prior to the first day of competition.  

In celebration of the arrival of the over 70 delegates and thousands of athletes from around the globe, WMATO2020 will honour and recognize the local Indigenous Peoples of the Greater Toronto Area upon whose traditional lands the Championships will take place.

This Opening Ceremony will also include a special celebration of the 45 year anniversary of WMA Championships that was first hosted by Toronto in 1975. Adding to the symbolism and significance of these Championships in Toronto, the Varsity Stadium venue is also in close proximity to Convocation Hall on the University of Toronto campus that held the inaugural General Assembly and the initial formation of World Association of Veteran Athletes (WAVA) which was the forerunner organization to World Masters Athletics (WMA). One of the surviving athletes who competed in those inaugural Championships and who is expected to compete at WMATO2020 has been invited to the Opening Ceremony as an honourable guest. 

Celebrated as an awe-inspiring architectural and engineering wonder of the world and a symbol of pride for Toronto and Ontario residents and all Canadians, the CN Tower is visible from Varsity Stadium and will be uniquely incorporated into the presentation, honouring the legacy of this national icon and landmark that opened its doors in 1976, just one year after the inaugural WMA Championships.

More details about the ceremonies will be forthcoming as we progress. Get the latest news by signing up for the WMATO2020 Newsletter here


  • Parade of the delegate nations each preceded by their country flag in alphabetical order ending with the Canadian team delegation
  • Canadian national anthem
  • First Nations ceremonial welcome
  • Welcome by the Chairman of the LOC
  • Speech by the WMA president or his/her representative
  • Athletes oath taken by representative athlete/s
  • Opening of the Championship by the Mayor or Toronto or Minister for Sport
  • Raising of the WMA flag in the stadium and playing of the WMA anthem
  • Departure of the delegations

The ceremony will last no longer than 90 minutes.

The closing ceremony will follow the final day of competition at the Varsity Stadium. All athletes will be invited to attend and take the infield in celebration of their performances and athletic achievements.


  • Entrance of the delegate nations en masse
  • Canadian national anthem
  • Speech by the Chairman of the LOC
  • Speech by the WMA president or his/her representative
  • Lowering of the WMA flag in the stadium
  • Handing over the WMA flag to the representative of the LOC of the next WMA Championships
  • Playing of the WMA Hymn & departure of the athletes
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