Modeled on the Olympics, the games were launched in the US in 1985 before having their first European edition in the Netherlands in 2009. Ton Kenhuis, who participated in the Senior Games in Europe said, “Trekking, swimming and other games have their masters in every two or four years but the idea of the Olympics is all types of people together, all people together.”
Although the sporting spirit here matches the passion of the Olympics and the paralympics, the Senior Games can't use the international title, as they have not been accredited by the International Olympic committee. Funding is provided by regions hosting the games. “Our goal is to create necessary structure of these games to be held on a regular basis, once every two years for example. There has to be an international organization supervising all of this,” Jacek Protas, the president of the Warmia i Mazury regional council said. The Polish hosting has been a great success. Belgium, Spain and England are vying for the next games but for now the location and the timing of the next round of games are yet to be fixed.