8th Indian Ocean Island Games
The Seychelles; a little paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean welcomed the 8th Indian Ocean Island Games which ran from August 5-14.
The Weightlifting event took place at the prestigious International Conference Centre in Victoria with 63 participating athletes (28 Women and 35 Men).
Lifters from 5 countries competed and outstanding conditions were provided by the organizers. As expected, Seychelles dominated the medal ranking with 30 Gold Medals ahead of Madagascar (6 Gold Medals), Mauritius (5 Gold Medals) and The Reunion (4 Gold Medals).
It was a great honour for the organizers and the participants that the President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. James Michel attended the weightlifting competitions. He was delighted to see the high level of the event, and he was proud that his country excelled in this sport.
Community Development, Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Mr. Vincent Meriton said that the athletes’ performances and results surpassed the Games’ organizing committee’s expectations.
Seychelles won a record-breaking 57 Gold Medals, 24 Silver and 36 Bronze in the 12 sporting disciplines in the Games, beating the previous highest gold-medal haul of 43 won in Mauritius in 2003.
The 9th edition of the Indian Ocean Island Games will be held in 2015 in Reunion Island. See you there!