Island Games bid: inspectors visit Ynys Môn

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Inspectors are starting a two-day visit to Anglesey as the bid to host the 2025 Island Games steps up.

The International Island Games Association is assessing local sporting and accommodation facilities before Ynys Môn makes its formal bid to host the international tournament for the first time.

Talks were held at the Island Games in Gibraltar last July, when the IIGA announced Ynys Môn was its ‘preferred host’ for the 2025 event.

The bid committee says it will meet with national governing bodies of sports, along with senior national and local government officials, before publishing its final bid document to Games executives next March.

A final decision’s expected in July next year, when the IIGA hosts its annual general meeting in Guernsey, where the 2021 Games will be held.

Gareth Parry, chairman of the Ynys Môn 2025 bid, said: ”We are in a good position with our bid document preparations and this visit will take us one step closer to realising our ambition of hosting the Games – one of the biggest sporting events in the world – in 2025.”

”It is a final opportunity for the IIGA executive committee to see what Ynys Mon has to offer, and we are confident that they will leave the island reassured that we have what it takes to deliver a successful Games in six years’ time.”

”It is also an opportunity for us to reflect with the IIGA on a very successful Inter Island Games football competition hosted on the island this summer. Football is the biggest competition of the Games in terms of participant numbers, and our tournament was a major success, which we are sure will give the Executive Committee further confidence in our abilities to host the full games in 2025.”

More than 14,000 people attended thirty matches across Anglesey during the Inter Island Games in June – with the hosts clinching gold in the men’s championship and silver in the women’s tournament.

Meanwhile, Team Ynys Môn clinched six medals at the Games in Gibraltar, including two golds for Dominic Breen-Turner in the men’s Laser Standard Rig sailing and Eve Goddard-Smith in the women’s 200m butterfly swimming.

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