LISTEN: New Island Games Association members in the pipeline

GUERNSEY could be hosting two new rival isles at the Island Games in 2023.

International Island Games Association chairman Jorgen Pettersson. (29740260)
International Island Games Association chairman Jorgen Pettersson. (29740260)

That revelation came from International Island Games Association chairman Jorgen Pettersson in an exclusive interview for the latest Guernsey Press Sport Podcast, which is out today.

Although 23 member islands currently make up the Games family, Pettersson confirmed that could soon become 25 with the addition of new ‘Mediterranean style’ isles, whose identities are currently under wraps.

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‘The more members we are, the more we develop sports within the islands to bringing cultural and sporting diversity,’ he said.

‘We are discussing with a few different potential islands right now. Which, if that would become reality, will be a discussion that will take place at the AGM in Guernsey next summer.’

Pettersson confirmed that if the islands fill the necessary criteria, they would be eligible for Guernsey 2023.

He added that the main challenge for local organisers now is ‘to keep the fire burning ... remind all the people in Guernsey what’s about to come’.

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