Masters Athletics pioneer Karel Matzner Passed Away aged 92

The WMA Council and President Margit Jungman would like to acknowledge the outstanding life and commitment to Masters Athletics of Karel Matzner, our thoughts are with his family and friends.


On November 12, 2021. At the age of 92, the legend of the Athletic Veteran Movement in Europe and the founder of the Association of Veterans of the Czech Athletics passed away .

He was a multiple medallist from the World and European Championships and honorary chairman of our association.

Karel always loved and promoted sports. He always claimed that it could be done indefinitely. (It was he who designed the horizontal figure eight emblem for our Czech association). He himself was proof of that and even participated in our championships this year. He wrote a beautiful book about Veteran Athletics – Wanderings in the history of veteran athletics. Until his last days, he prepared another book about his travels in athletics around the world.

Karel, thank you very much for everything and we promise that we will continue the work you started and play sports as long as our health allows.

We know you will watch us from heaven and keep your fingers crossed for us.

Jiří Brychta on behalf of the entire Board of Directors of SV ČAS