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jeux_mondiaux_dhiverThe World Transplant Games have been in existence for more than 25 years. The first Transplant Games were held in Portsmouth in 1978 - an international event with teams from France, Germany, Greece, United Kingdom and the United States competing. Since these early beginnings with some 99 competitors, the Games have grown and now attract up to 1500 competitors from up to 56 countries. The International Winter Games are held every two years and in the intervening years, the Summer Games are held.

There are up to 70 member countries of the World Transplant Games Federation, most of whom have their own National Transplant Sports organisations. In addition there are now Regional Games, including the European, Middle East, Asia Games, with South American and African Games planned for the future.

The World Transplant Games are the single biggest organ donation & transplantation awareness event in the world and the ideal way of showing the world what a difference organ donation can make. To be eligible to attend the World Transplant Games, the World Transplant Games Federation accepts athletes with the following transplants: kidney, liver, heart, lung (single or double), bone marrow or pancreas.

History of the Winter World Transplant Games

The two first Winter World Transplant Games were held in France. Resorts were Tignes in 1994 and Pra-Loup in 1996. Then the French Transplant Team participated to Snowbird, Nendaz, Bormio and Rovaniemi Winter Games… We are now back in France!

As a reminder …

2010 Sainte Foy Tarentaise, France
2008 Rovaniemi, Finlande
2004 Bormio, Italy
2001 Nendaz, Switzerland
1999 Snowbird, USA
1996 Pra-Loup, France
1994 Tignes, France

And the Winter Games will move to Anzere, Switzerland in 2012...

The Winter Games events’ program includes Alpine winter sports like slalom, giant slalom, parallel slalom, super giant, snowboard. Also, there will be some Nordic winter sports like cross-country skiing 5 km or cross-country skiing 1 hour and Biathlon. These Games in France have included 2 new sport events : 2km snowshoes and snowshoes orienteering as well.

To register, please contact your country representative

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