Auckland has been named as the host city for the 2017 World Masters Games.

Auckland has been named as the host city for the World Masters Games in 2017.

The event is a huge one on the sporting calendar and is expected to attract around 25,000 competitors.

Held every four years, the next instalment is to take place in Torino, Italy, during August 2013.

International Masters Games Association (IMGA) President Kai Holm said the city was a fantastic venue.

It was also chosen in part due to its success at handling another major sporting event recently.

“We have seen what Auckland put on for Rugby World Cup 2011 and we know the city and the rest of New Zealand will embrace the World Masters Games,” Mr Holm added.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown said the intention was to create a games that embraced the spirit of participation and promoted Auckland as a vibrant and welcoming city to the expected 35,000 people who will attend to watch the sports.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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