Maldives solicits Mauritius’ support to host Indian Ocean Islands Games 2023
The Republic of Maldives has solicited the support of Mauritius in its bid to host the Indian Ocean Islands Games (IOIG) in 2023.
In this context, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, Mr Abdulla Shahid, and the Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Mr Ahmed Mahloof, paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Jugnauth, at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.
The Maldives Minister of Foreign Affairs said that both the Maldives Minister of Sports and himself have been sent as special envoys of the President of Maldives, Mr Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, to seek the assistance and guidance of Mauritius in supporting Maldives if ever the country is hosting the 2023 IOIG. He added that it is high time that Maldives returned the hospitality that has been given to the Maldives athletes by Indian Ocean islands who have previously hosted the Indian Ocean Islands Games.
For his part, Minister Mahloof pointed out that Maldives will have some 200 athletes participating in the 2019 IOIG and is expecting medals in the following disciplines: athletics, table tennis, badminton, and volleyball.
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