GIS- 19 October 2016: The logo of the 2019 Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) - a multi-sports event held every four years among athletes from Indian Ocean islands - was revealed last night at the Hennessy Park Hotel, in Ebène.
The logo features the head of a Dodo sporting the colours of the National Flag and symbolising the spirit of Mauritius as a nation.
The Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Jugnauth, and the CEO of the organising committee of the 2019 IOIG, Mr Georges Chung Tick Kan, as well as other personalities were present at the launching ceremony. The winner of the competition, Graphic Designer Benoit Juliette, was presented a prize of Rs 100 000.
The IOIG 2019 logo has been chosen following the holding of a national competition which attracted around 80 entries. The logo will be used during the 10th edition of Indian Ocean Island Games to be hosted by Mauritius.
Prime Minister calls for 2019 IOIG to be held in a spirit of fair-play
In his address at the launching ceremony, the Prime Minister expressed hope that the Games would be held in a spirit of exemplary fair-play. This is the third time that Mauritius will be hosting the IOIG, he pointed out, and it is necessary for our sportspersons to shine so as to do honour to the Mauritian population.
Speaking about the preparation processes in view of the 2019 IOIG, Sir Anerood Jugnauth emphasised both the duty and the obligation of success, and expressed trust in the organising committee. The Prime Minister also stated that there are no doubts that Mauritius will maintain its reputation as regards its organisational capacities for such major international events.
For his part, Minister Sawmynaden, while qualifying the logo as the symbol of the visual identity of the IOIG 2019, said that the launching also represents the first true sparks signalling the kick-off of this important sporting event. Last year, in Reunion Island, Mauritius had realised its best performance at the Games as compared to its participation in previous editions claiming 66 gold medals, the Minister observed.
The Youth and Sports Minister said that this result was made possible by the efforts of Mauritian sportspersons, coaches, the personnel of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as the support of the Mauritian population. The IOIG have always enthused Mauritians and we are expecting to obtain positive results in the sporting field but also in organisational terms in 2019, he pointed out.
‘Sport is a unifying element that brings together a people and our National Flag has always been well represented during such major sporting events. This is proof that the IOIG is not the sole concern of the Government or of sporting Federations, but is also the Games of and for Mauritius’, said Mr Sawmynaden.
It is recalled that the Indian Ocean Island Games were adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1976. The objectives are to contribute to regional cooperation through the development of sport in the region, build friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples of the islands of the Indian Ocean, in the spirit of the Olympics.
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