Mauritius won the 2019 Indian Ocean Islands Games
August 01 2019
August 01 2019
This year, Mauritius was honoured with hosting the 10th edition of the Indian Ocean Islands Games, a multi-sport event that takes place every four years. Athletes from the seven participating Indian Ocean Islands (namely, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Mayotte, Réunion and the Maldives) gathered on the popular volcanic island to compete in an array of sporting events which ranged from athletics, badminton, basketball and boxing to cycling, football, weightlifting, table tennis, swimming, volleyball and rugby among many others.
The number of athletes who take part in the tournament seems to be on the rise with each edition of the games, with some 2000 athletes participating in 2019 (a record number of participants and double the number of athletes involved in the 1979 games). The games, which was conceptualised by the International Olympic Committee (or IOC) in 1976 but which only officially kicked off in 1979, were created to encourage unity and solidarity amongst the Indian Ocean island nations and to celebrate and encourage the incredible athletes in the region.
The phenomenal 10th edition began on 19 July 2019 and came to a fantastic end on 28 July 2019, with Mauritius not only acting as the host country, but ultimately, the leading nation in the games. Here’s what you need to know about the results of the 2019 Indian Ocean Islands Games, also known as Jeux des îles de l'océan Indien Maurice 2019 or simply JIOI Maurice 2019:
Mauritius had some spectacular wins
The well-supported, hard-working and hugely enthusiastic Mauritian athletes came to the games to win, and win they did. The incredible efforts of the Mauritian team saw them dominate the games with a whopping 224 medals overall, with 92 Gold Medals, 79 Silver and 53 Bronze. The Mauritian people came out in their numbers to support their athletes from the beginning of the games right until the end and the support no doubt helped to spur the athletes onto the incredible heights that they reached.
Mauritius was followed by Madagascar and Réunion
While Mauritius stole the show at the 2019 Indian Ocean Islands Games, they were followed by Madagascar with 127 medals in total including 49 Gold Medals, 47 Silver and 31 bronze, and closely behind them Réunion took 3rd place, with 172 medals, 46 of which were gold, 58 Silver and 74 Bronze.
The closing ceremony was out of this world
The Indian Ocean Islands Games came to a close with a spectacular and hugely impressive closing ceremony, which took place at the Anjalay Stadium at Belle Vue Harel in Mauritius. In true Mauritian style, the event was colourful and full of life and enthusiasm. Many people attended the events in general and, of course, the closing ceremony was no exception.
The following Monday, 29 July 2019, was declared a public holiday in Mauritius to celebrate the island’s victory at the games. A huge rally took place and a massive concert was organised and attended by over 100 000 people. It was an incredible event that will live on in the minds of those who attended for years to come.
One of our associates won a bronze medal in the volleyball game
Long Beach's Human Resource coordinator Rachel who participated in the volleyball games for women came 3rd and won a bronze medal in the games.
The next edition of the games will be in the Maldives
The 2023 Indian Ocean Islands Games will be held in the Maldives for the first time in history, in fact, it will be the first international multi-sport competition to take place in the Maldives. Interestingly, the games have been hosted by Mauritius and Reunion three times over the years and twice by Madagascar and Seychelles, but never by the Maldives (which is one of the founding members of the games) so the time is definitely right! So for those interested in experiencing the games first hand, you can start planning for the 11th Indian Ocean Island Games in the Maldives. The Maldives did better in this edition than they have before, winning an incredible 15 medals, 4 of which were gold! It’s certainly going to be interesting to see what 2023 holds for them!
If you would like to see the gorgeous island of Mauritius for yourself, or if you would like to book a stay at our glorious Maldives resort for 2023, then head to Sun Resorts and make an enquiry today.