The staging of the Indian Ocean Islands Games in August and September would clash with the African Games and the start of the school year in participating countries. final dates are expected to be decided after a final meeting in December.
The dates proposed by the Malagasy authorities are not helping anyone. The big island will host the games from August 23 to September 3. If the announcement of the organizing committee has reassured the many skeptics about the holding of the Indian Ocean Islands Games next year, for many delegations the dates pose problems.
The president of the regional Olympic sports committee of Mayotte recalls that the dates of the Indian Ocean Islands Games are set taking into account another important sporting event, in this case the African Games of the independent countries: Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius and the of the Comoros are interested.
The COJI, the organizing committee of the Indian Ocean Islands Games, has always known how to demonstrate realism and flexibility.
The Indian Ocean Island Games are competitions aimed at youngsters and amateurs. The athletes who participate are pupils, students and workers. organizing the Games in July, during the holidays, therefore, is a good thing.
The Malagasy are not stuck on these dates from August 23 to September 3, according to Madi Vita, president of the Mayotte regional Olympic and sports committee: “They propose that everything be reviewed calmly during the meeting of the International Games Committee, face to face on 14, 15 and 16 December in Antananarivo. »
The other items on the agenda of this last meeting before the Games are the validation of the general and technical regulations, the financial aspect, the venues, the sporting infrastructures and the question of accommodation for the delegations.
23 disciplines will be represented, athletics (including disabled sports), badminton, 3×3 and 5×5 basketball, boxing, cycling, horse riding, football, beach soccer, weightlifting, handball, judo, karate, kickboxing, wrestling, swimming (including disabled sports), bowls, taekwondo, archery, tennis, table tennis, sailing, volleyball, beach volleyball and surfing.
In Mauritius in 2019, handball and women’s football were not retained, to the chagrin of the Mahorais.