GIS – 29 November, 2019: The first preparatory meeting with representatives from different local sports federations participating in the 12th Games of the CJSOI (Commission de la Jeunesse et des Sports de l’Ocean Indien) was held, yesterday, at the seat of the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation, in Port Louis.
Mauritius will host the Games which are scheduled from 16 to 25 July 2021. Athletes will compete in nine sporting disciplines (athletics, beach handball, boxing, football, tennis, table tennis, triathlon, sailing, as well as bocce ball), and three cultural contests.
Discussions during the meeting focused on, namely: submission by sports federations of technical regulations by 6 December 2019; identification of competition venues; athletes’ training which will start as from January 2020; and submission by sports federations of a defined programme as well as allocated preparatory budget. Proposals raised included the participation of disabled athletes in athletics and of girls in boxing competitions.
About the CJSOI
The CJSOI is a regional intergovernmental commission founded in 1988 following a meeting of the CONFEJES (Conférence des Ministres de la Jeunesse et des Sports) one year earlier. Its objectives are to promote friendship ties between young people from Member States and foster regional cooperation, sporting culture and development of youth.
The CJSOI Games were introduced in 1994 by the Ministerial Committee of the Commission de la Jeunesse et des Sports de l’Ocean Indien. Participating countries are: Comoros, Djibouti, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Réunion Island and the Seychelles.
The main objective of the Games, organised every two years, is to enable youth aged between 14 and 17 years to participate in international sporting events as well as promote cultural exchanges amongst the member islands/countries of the Indian Ocean.
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