The 12th edition of the Indian Ocean Youth and Sports Commission games which was due to take place this year has been postponed to December 2022 in Mauritius due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was taken on Thursday after a virtual meeting between member states.
“During this morning’s meeting, Mauritius, who will host the game, proposed that the games take place from December 4 to 11 in 2022, which was supported by the seven member states,” Jean said. Larue, director general of the National Sports Council.
Larue said Mauritius authorities are closely monitoring the pandemic so that they can come up with appropriate strategies to ensure that the games can be played safely for everyone involved.
The CJSOI Games which are held every two years were introduced in 1994 by the Ministerial Committee of the Indian Ocean Youth and Sports Commission. Its objectives are to promote the bonds of friendship between young people from the Member States and to foster regional cooperation, sports culture and the development of young people aged 14 to 17.
The last Games were held in 2018 in Djibouti in which the Seychelles had 80 athletes participating in five sports: track and field, football, handball, table tennis and pÃ©tanque.
The CJSOI member state includes Comoros, Djibouti, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, RÃ©union and Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.
Mauritius offered nine disciplines for men and women, including athletics, beach handball, boxing, footsal, tennis, table tennis, triathlon, sailing and pÃ©tanque. Seychelles have proposed adding swimming and weightlifting to the games, which have been considered, Larue said.
Besides the games, other topics discussed at the meeting were expected to have a number of changes in CJSOI policies as well as other issues, including the re-election of Seychelles as chair of the commission.
âSeychelles has held the chairmanship of this commission since 2019 and its term was due to end today. It was decided that Seychelles would remain chairman of the commission, mainly due to the current global crisis and thus Minister Zialor was re-elected, “said NSC international relations officer Michel Savy.
One of the changes announced by Marie-CÃ©line Zialor, Minister of Families, Youth and Sports, is to create better harmony between the CJSOI Games, the Indian Ocean Islands Games, the Francophonie Games , the Pan-African Games, until the Olympic Games.
“This will allow athletes to start preparing for the Olympics through these regional games, thereby raising the level of athletes who will now be discovered, trained and whose progress will be monitored through all of these games,” she said. declared.