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Sport / Island Games dates confirmed for 2023

Seumas Mackay celebrates crossing the line to win gold in the men's 800 metres in Gotland on Tuesday. Photo: Shetland Island Games Association.Seumas Mackay celebrates crossing the line to win gold in the men's 800 metres in Gotland in 2017. Photo: Shetland Island Games Association.

THE DATES for the next Island Games have been confirmed.

The biennial event will take place in Guernsey between 8 and 14 July 2023.

It follows the postponement of the 2021 Guernsey games due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Acting chair of Shetland Island Games Association Lesley Hutchison said: “We’re pleased to see confirmation of the date for the 2023 Games and are very much looking forward seeing island friends in Guernsey.

“Most sports activity has been on hold for the last year or so, and with the ongoing success of the vaccination programme, this date now gives us something to focus on.”

International Island Games Association chair Jorgen Pettersson said 2023 should provide an “exciting summer of sport”.

“We would like to thank the Guernsey 2023 organising committee for their commitment in making certain the games are staged and preserving this important competitive opportunity for athletes from our member islands,” he said.

Shetland last hosted the games in 2005, and the isles intends to bid for a future event.

As a result of the 2021 postponement, the plans for future Island Games will move forward by two years.

This means Orkney will host the event in 2025, Ynys Mon will be the games’ home in 2027 and the Isle of Man will become the preferred host for 2029.