Is­land Games 2025 bid gain­ing mo­men­tum

Bangor Mail - - Sport -

AN­GLE­SEY’S bid to host the 2025 NatWest In­ter­na­tional Is­land Games – a com­pe­ti­tion of­ten dubbed the Mini Olympics – is set to reach another mile­stone as the is­land’s fa­cil­i­ties un­dergo a fi­nal for­mal in­spec­tion with the is­land’s bid to host the Games at an ad­vanced stage.

A del­e­ga­tion from the In­ter­na­tional Is­land Games (IIGA) Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee de­scended upon Ynys Mon on Oc­to­ber 10-11 to for­mally as­sess the sport­ing and ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties on the is­land, and were given a tour of the is­land by the Ynys Môn 2025 Bid Com­mit­tee, as well as meet­ing with Na­tional Gov­ern­ing Bod­ies of sports and se­nior na­tional and lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

The visit is one of the fi­nal steps in Ynys Môn’s bid to host the 2025 games, with the fi­nal bid doc­u­ment be­ing pre­sented to the IIGA in March 2020, be­fore the 2025 Bid Com­mit­tee present to mem­ber is­lands at an IIGA AGM in Guernsey in July 2020, with a de­ci­sion to be reached soon af­ter­wards on whether or not Ynys Môn will suc­ceed in their bid to host the Games.

Ynys Môn 2025 bid com­mit­tee chair Gareth Parry said: “This is a very ex­cit­ing mile­stone for our bid to host the In­ter­na­tional Is­land Games in 2025.

“We are in a good po­si­tion with our bid doc­u­ment prepa­ra­tions and this visit will take us one step closer to real­is­ing our am­bi­tion of host­ing the games – one of the big­gest sport­ing events in the world – in 2025.

“It is a fi­nal op­por­tu­nity for the IIGA Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee to see what Ynys Môn has to of­fer, and we are con­fi­dent that they will leave the is­land re­as­sured that we have what it takes to de­liver a suc­cess­ful Games in six years’ time.

“It is also an op­por­tu­nity for us to re­flect with the IIGA on a very suc­cess­ful In­ter Is­land Games foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion hosted on the is­land this sum­mer.

“Foot­ball is the big­gest com­pe­ti­tion of the games in terms of par­tic­i­pant num­bers, and our tour­na­ment was a ma­jor suc­cess, which we are sure will give the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee fur­ther con­fi­dence in our abil­i­ties to host the full games in 2025.”

The most re­cent games was this year which took place in Gi­bral­tar, with around 2,000 com­peti­tors from 22 com­pet­ing is­lands or is­land groups com­pet­ing in 14 sports.

The next Is­land Games will be hosted by Guernsey in 2021 with Orkney tak­ing over in 2023.

● An­gle­sey’s team at the Is­land Games in Ber­muda in 2013

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