GIS– 20 October 2017: The first gathering of some 485 preselected athletes for the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) 2019 will set the solid foundations to build and boost team spirit which is primordial for the Games, said the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, during a press conference in Port Louis on 18 October 2017.
The Minister announced that the first gathering, to be held on Saturday 21 October 2017 at the Domaine Izy in Bambous, will bring together all preselected athletes, that is, from both Mauritius and Rodrigues to represent the whole Republic at the 2019 IOIG, which Mauritius will be hosting.
Speaking about preventive measures with regards to drug abuse, Mr Toussaint pointed out that it is necessary to instill a culture of prevention among young people. The Minister thus announced the holding on 21 October 2017 of a march against drugs which will bring together all the preselected athletes, sports federations as well as the public at large. The march, he emphasised, will sensitise the youth on the importance to say no to drugs and no to doping in sports.
The scheduled 2.2 km route is as follows: starting point, at 8.45 hours, in the parking lot of Intermart Ebène to proceed to Plaza Rose Hill via the Ecole Hôtelière Sir Gaëtan Duval and the Rose Hill Police Station. At the Plaza, sportspersons will take the floor to address the public on the topic in the presence of the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development. The slogan retained is ‘Say No to Drugs – Say No to Doping’.
The IOIG is a multi-sports event held every four years among athletes from Indian Ocean islands.
The IOIG were adopted by the International Olympic Committee 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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