The Indian Ocean Island Games (French: Jeux des îles de l'océan Indien) is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from Indian Ocean island nations. The Games was created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1977 and currently gather the island nations and territories of Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Mayotte, Réunion and the Maldives.The number of athletes who participate has increased over the years, it went from 1000 athletes in 1979 to over 1500 participants in 2003 and 2007.
Fourteen sports disciplines have been selected for these 2019 Games, namely athletics (including disability), badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, judo, football, weightlifting, swimming (including disability), rugby, table tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball, and sailing. The athletes involved in the 14 disciplines on the program are already training hard to be in top form.
The objectives of the games is 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 Olympism; allow athletes to have every four years, a competition whose interest and level are commensurate with the real sport of the region; and create a regional event whose repercussions will ensure the infrastructure development of countries in the area that lags far behind. There are 7 island, 7 discipline, 2000 athletic in the year 2019.
After the 2nd edition in 1985 and the 6th in 2003, the Republic of Mauritius host the tenth edition of the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG), from 19 to 28 July 2019.
This is an exceptional event in Mauritius where the local population is involved and supports the local team in every sport being played.
For the first time in history Mauritius won the IOIG by collecting a total of 225 medals from which 93 gold medals!
For this special event and to reward all the athletes, staff and local population the Government announced yesterday that Monday shall be declared a public holiday. On this day a special event will be held at the Champs de Mars at 13hr where local artists will be performing and athletes will join together with the local population to celebrate this fantastic victory!