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The Asia Masters Athletics Championships started in 1977 when then Secretary of the Asian Veteran Association, Hari Chandra (from Singapore) attended the second World Masters/Veterans Athletes Championship (WAVA) held in Gothenburg, Sweden. At the championship, he met a Japanese participant, Hideo Okada. Together with Milkha Singh (former Indian track and field sprinter), the three of them met at Christchurch, New Zealand in 1981 and decided to organise an Asian version of the WAVA Championships.

The 1st Asia Masters Athletics Championships was held on 27 July 1981 in Singapore with 408 athletes from 8 countries. AMAC consist of athlete’s ages 35 years old and above and is the highest level for the Asia Master’s athletics. Additionally, it has grown rapidly in participation to 2000 athletes from 25 participating countries as seen in last year in the 18th Asia Masters held in Kitakami-City, Japan.

Singapore will be be hosting the 19th Asia Masters Athletics Championships 2016 on 4 May 2016 - 8 May 2016. This will be Singapore's forth time hosting the championships. (1981, 1985 and 1992).