Games decision at end of September
A DECISION as to whether next year’s NatWest International Island Games in Guernsey can go ahead as scheduled will be taken at the end of September.
Games director Julie Bowditch was speaking after a virtual update with representatives from the 23 member islands and the IIGA executive committee, who were due to visit at the weekend.
Instead the organising committee from Guernsey 2021 gave an online presentation on Saturday afternoon.
‘Although it is not the same as having everyone here together, we are working hard to bring certainty to our plans for 2021 and getting the feedback from the member islands has been an important step in that plan,’ she said.
‘The member islands are due to convene again for the IIGA AGM at the end of September when, based on guidelines from the States of Guernsey and Health & Social Care, a decision will be made as to whether we are able to host the Games on their scheduled date.
‘This gives us time to continue with a detailed evaluation of all scenarios and will give certainty to the islands.
‘It is our hope that the Games will give all of the member island communities something to focus on and look forward to, although we appreciate that our plans may need to change.
‘We will continue to work with the IIGA, the member islands, our sports co-ordinators, sponsors, volunteer teams and the States of Guernsey to ensure we deliver the best Games possible.
‘However, the single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make.’
. The Games are due to take place between 3 and 9 July 2021 with sportsmen and women competing in 14 sports.