The South African coastal city of Durban will play host to the 19th edition of The World Transplant Summer Games be staged in Durban from 28 July to 4 August, 2013. Hosted at a number of top venues across the country's third largest metropolis, Durban is the first city on the African continent to be bestowed the honour of hosting the event by the World Transplant Games Federation.
Blessed with world-class infrastructure, fine weather, stunning beaches and friendly locals, it is the perfect place to welcome competitors from all around the world for the showpiece event.
The World Transplant Summer Games embrace all ages, anyone from 4 to 80 years old who qualifies is welcome to participate. There are over 50 events to suit all capabilities including Track & Field events, Cycling, Road Races, Swimming, Golf, Tennis, Table-tennis, Badminton, Squash, Lawn bowls, Volleyball, Petanque & Tenpin Bowling. The standards of these Summer Games can be high. The 100-metres has a competition record of 11.18 seconds and the long jump 6.85-metres.
The games is a celebration of the human spirit that gives individuals, most with previously life-threatening ailments, the opportunity to compete in a high-level sports event and show that not only are they able to lead normal, fulfilling lives, but also push the boundaries of their physical endurance.
It is an event that offers hope to those who are awaiting transplants, and provides incentive for the general public to become donors by showing the very real difference that organ transplants can make to the lives of young and old.