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After a two-year postponement because of the pandemic, the New Mexico Senior Olympics Ernesto Ramos State Summer Games (NMSO) are returning next month in Las Cruces, New Mexico Senior Olympics, Inc. said in a news release.
The NMSO Summer Games will take place Wednesday-Saturday June 8-11 and are open to anyone 50 years old and older. Athletes can compete in one or multiple sports.
The deadline to register is midnight, Sunday, May 15. Register online at www.nmseniorolympics.org or by phone at 1-888-623-6676 and register over the phone.
All competitions are free and open to the public.
The State Summer Games will include 18 sports: air gun, archery, badminton, cycling, field, frisbee distance, golf, horseshoes, huachas (washer toss), pickleball, race walk, road race run, soccer kick, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track.
More than 50 medal events will be contested over four days at venues throughout Las Cruces, with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded by age divisions in 18 sports. There are male and female divisions in five-year increments, ages 50-100+; Older athletes sometimes “play down” to a lower age group, usually in doubles play, the news release said.
About 300 community volunteers will be utilized to put on this year’s games, NMSO said.
Senior Olympics is an affiliate member of the National Senior Games.
The 2022 Summer Games are supported in part by the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department, HUMANA, Visit Las Cruces, MountainView Regional Medical Center, Presbyterian and Blue Cross BlueShield of New Mexico, and the Las Cruces Bulletin.
For more information, contact NMSO Director Cecilia Acosta at 575-642-6048 and firstname.lastname@example.org.