- 10 November, 2016: “After a memorable sports year 2015, it is clear that we have great ambitions for the Indian Ocean Island Games of 2019. In this respect, in three years, we expect to reap what we are sowing today”.
This statement was made by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, at the opening ceremony of the Jeux des Jeunes 2016 which kicked off yesterday at Pandit Sahadeo Gymnasium in Vacoas.
The Minister recalled that athletes are at the heart of the Ministry’s vision and projects and elaborated on all support extended, in collaboration with National Sports Federations, for the organisation of the 2nd edition of the Jeux des Jeunes.
In line with the vision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to promote young talents, more and more initiatives are being put in place in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research in order to spot new talents and help them prosper. In view of democratising sports practice, the public is being granted free access to playgrounds in state schools and colleges, he added.
Minister Sawmynaden expressed his appreciation to the Mauritius Sports Council, for efforts in favour of the youth through sports camps, among others. A sum of Rs 1,9 billion has been obtained from China for the construction of a multi-sports complex at St-Pierre, following the recent mission of the Minister of Finance and Economic Development.
Furthermore, the Minister pointed out that the support of the private sector and sponsors play an essential role in government’s strategy to uplift our athletes’ potential and to achieve a common goal: win the largest number of medals at the Indian Ocean Island Games. He also urged National Sports Federations to cater for the well-being and progress of their athletes so as to obtain better results and improve their performance. He also announced that a new Sports Act will soon be presented, aiming at bringing local sports to new heights.
Jeux des Jeunes 2016
The 2nd edition of the Jeux des Jeunes, which brings together some 1500 young athletes, aged 12 and 13 years old, is being held in different centres and stadiums around the island.
Athletes from Mauritius and Rodrigues are competing in 12 disciplines, namely: Athletics, Judo, Badminton, Rugby, Basketball, Swimming, Boxing, Table Tennis, Cycling, Tennis, Football and Volleyball.
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