Following the withdrawal of the Maldives, the 11th edition of the Indian Ocean Islands Games (JIOI) will finally take place in Madagascar in 2023, according to Antonio Gopal, President of the International Games Council. Due to the worrying evolution of the current pandemic, the Maldives had declared, at a virtual meeting in November 2020, not to be able to organize the competition in 2023. So, the country was forced to withdraw but remains determined to welcome the JIOI in 2025.
There was not a lot of suspense because Madagascar was the only candidate who asked for the organization of the event after the Maldives’ flip-flop. According to Seychelles News Agency, the decision to transfer responsibility for the conduct of JIOI from the Maldives to the Big Island has been formalized. The governments of the countries that will take part in this competition have agreed on the conditions required for the smooth running of this 11th edition of the JIOI. It is the responsibility of the States concerned in each country to find the necessary resources to facilitate the training of their athletes, the outfits, the travel, the stay and any bonuses.
Madagascar will therefore host JIOI for the third time after 1990 and 2007. The country already has the necessary infrastructure for a smooth running of this edition. Despite the health crisis that has affected many countries around the world, Mada is committed to organizing the competition and upgrading existing infrastructure.
The representatives of Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles, Maldives, La Réunion and Mayotte will meet on 13 and 14 February 2021 in Madagascar to test the ground and exchange on the different sports, according to Antonio Gopal, President of the International Games Council.
The Indian Ocean Islands Games (JIOI) is a multi-sport event held every four years between athletes from the Indian Ocean island nations, namely Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Mayotte, Reunion and the Maldives.