There are 22 types of sports. For most of the games, there is no qualification criteria other than age, with some games restricted to those aged above 35. This means most people can compete, either to win or simply have fun. Unlike the Olympics, all athletes in WMG represent themselves, not their country.
Olympic Council of Malaysia President, YAM Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar said this was a proud moment for Malaysia as it was given the honour to host the first games in the Asia-Pacific region.
Penang State Sports Committee Chairman. Chong Eng had bid for the hosting rights last year in Nice, France. The Penang games are co-organised by the State Government and Malaysia Major Events (MME), as supporting partner. MME is contributing RM1 million to the event.
MME is a division of the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau, an agency under the tourism and culture ministry.