GIS- 21 October 2015: Mauritius will host the 2019 Indian Ocean Island Games which is a multi-sports event held every four years among athletes from Indian Ocean islands.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, made this announcement yesterday in Parliament following a decision taken during the meeting of the International Games Council (IGC - Comité International des Jeux) held on the same day in Réunion Island.
The Comoros were initially designated to organise the 10th edition of the IOIG. However, according to the IGC, the Comoros have not respected the conditions set during the Council’s previous meeting. After having studied the presentation made by the Comorian delegation, the decision was taken to change the venue of the Games.
Consequently, the Mauritian delegation was requested to consider the possibility of Mauritius hosting the Games in 2019. Following the request and in the interest of the Games, we have responded favourably, pointed out Minister Sawmynaden.
It is recalled that the 9th edition of the IOIG was held from 1st to 9 August 2015 in Reunion Island. Mauritius won a total of 185 medals (66 gold, 49 silver, 70 bronze) and ranked second after the host country who claimed 209 medals.
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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