More than 1000 transplanted athletes from all over the world will visit Sweden to compete in the World Transplant Games on the 17th to the 24th of June. The competitions consist of 13 different sports and takes place in the central parts of Gothenburg, the second largest city of Sweden. This is a sporting event where everyone is truly a winner. The thousandth participant to register was Ioannis Papanikolaou from Greece.
Ioannis Papanikolaou is a kidney recipient and will compete in bowling and table tennis.
– I like meeting people from other countries and prove to everyone that we, who have received the ultimate gift of organ donation, are really reborn and can now enjoy the happiness that sports and the games offer, says Ioannis Papanikolaou.
Ioannis Papanikolaou has, like all participants, the possibility to live a good and eventful life thanks to a life saving organ transplant. Among the competitors there are people who have received kidney, liver, pancreas, heart, lungs or stem cells (bone marrow transplant). Many of the participants have been transplanted with more than one organ and some of them more than once. Without a donor none of these transplants would be possible.
World Transplant Games is an international sporting event for transplant athletes. WTG2011 will take place from the 17th to the 24th of June 2011 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The games are arranged for the 18th time and for the first time in Sweden. More than a thousand transplanted participants, in different ages from 6 to 70 from 50 different countries, will meet and compete in 13 different sports.
The sports included in WTG are: Golf, Athletics, Mini Marathon, Badminton, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis, Cycling, Squash, Bowling, Volleyball, Petanque and Floorball. The purpose of WTG is to demonstrate the physical success of transplant surgery and to raise awareness of the need to increase organ donation.
Summer & Winter World Transplant Games
2009 Australien - Video from Australia
2005 Canada - video from Canada
2005 Poland (Nicholas Cup)
For more information see WTGF´s website
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