About the Transplant Games
The World Transplant Games are Olympic-style athletic competitions
for organ transplant recipients from all over the world. The
purpose of the event is to promote organ donation worldwide.
The World Transplant Games Federation (WTGF)
oversees these events, which are staged every other year.
National competitions are held on the opposite year. Several
issues of the
Journal of the WTGF
are available on TransWeb.
The XII World Transplant Games in Budapest are organized
by the Hungarian Transplant Federation (Magyar Transzplantáltak
Kulturális és Sportegyesületének). Information is also available
at the MTSE web site at http://www.mtse.hu.
About Budapest, from the organizers (MTSE)
The capital of Hungary is Budapest. The country is located
in the middle of Europe in the Carpithian basin. The history
of the people of Hungary goes back to a few thousand years,
and we will celebrate the 1100th anniversary of the foundation
of the Hungarian state next year. Transplant athletes will
sample much of our ancient culture during the Games. The venues
of these events will feature the beautiful sights of the capital.
This is one of the most attractive cities in Europe. The river
Danube divides the city in two: the hilly western part with
the Castle of Buda and the flat part where Pest can be found.
The location of the city offers unique views from:
The World Transplant Games will be held in September when the
pleasant late summer climate (15-21 C) is ideal for such an
- the Gellert hill or the Castle of Buda, which served as
residence of the historic kings of the past
- the picturesque bridges that connect the two banks of
the river, which can be enumerated from here, including
the Szecheny Chainbridge, Elisabeth-bridge, Liberty-bridge
- a significant sight of Pest, the building of the Parliament.
Neaby runs the first subway of Europe namely the "Crust
WORLD TRANSPLANT GAMES FEDERATION INFORMATION
The World Transplant Games is a multi-disciplinary sporting
event held every two years under the auspices of the World
Transplant Games Federation (WTGF) and is open to recipients
of a functioning life-saving organ or solid tissue transplant--bone
marrow recipients are included.
The purpose of the World Transplant Games is to promote the
importance of organ donation and the success of transplantation
through the demonstration of athletic excellence in the area
of sport and competition.
Over 43 countries have been invited to compete, bringing
their very best transplant athletes to represent their nations,
each vying for gold, silver and bronze medals.
General Eligibility and Entry Information
Each individual must meet the following criteria to be eligible
- All participants must adhere to the policies of the World
Transplant Games Federation;
- Participation is open to any individual who has received
a successful, fully-functioning, life-saving organ or solid
tissue transplant (bone marrow included);
- Competitors must have been transplanted at least 12 months
prior to competition--six months may be considered pending
medical evaluation and approval by the WTGF Medical Committee;
- Competitors must be medically fit with no significant
complications of chronic organ failure or immunosuppressive
therapy. (WTGF Medical Committee has the right to refuse
entries as they deem appropriate and/or can terminate participation
at any time on-site);
- Each participant must also obtain medical approval indicating
his/her level of physical capacity and fitness;
- Competitors must have knowledge, experience and training
in the sport(s) in which they are competing. All sports
are run under international sport governing bodies rules,
except as modified by the WTGF;
- Team members of all countries (including accompanying
persons) are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate
manner at all times during the Games. Failure to do so,
or acting in a manner which is unbecoming to a Team or against
WTGF rules and regulations can lead to immediate disqualification
and possible disbarment from future transplant athletic
- Athletes will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals.
The number of medals awarded will be determined by the number
of entries as follows: 1-3 competitors, gold; 4 competitors,
gold and silver; 5 or more competitors, gold, silver, and
bronze. Athletes will compete in the following age categories:
Adult (18 to 34), Senior (35 to 44), Veterans (45 to 54)
and Super Veteran (55 plus). Juniors may compete in Athletics
and Swimming. If a 16 or 17 year old wishes to enter the
Adult Category in a sport they may do so only if they are
very proficient at that particular sport. (Juniors do not
compete for medals and do not count as part of the official
team. Awards and trophies will be given.)