Bermuda host Games in 2013

Bermuda will be the island to host the 2013 Island Games.

The membership of the International Island Games Association unanimously chose Bermuda.

Usually held in Europe, this is the first time this bi-annual event will take place on this side of the Atlantic.

Delegates from 23 of the 25 Member Islands attended the AGM in the Parliament building in Mariehamn, Aland, on Saturday to decide. Aland host the Island Games next year. Aland is near Finland.

They heard the presentation from the Bid Committee of Bermuda, the only bidding island since Prince Edward Island decided to withdraw their bid earlier this year.

IGA Chairman, Jorgen Pettersson, said that although Bermuda did not have any opposition for the bid to host the 2013 Island Games they will still have to deliver a great Games.

One of the IGA Executive’s concerns regarding the bid from Bermuda is the cost of living on the island as this is high compared with most of the other member islands and travel and accommodation could turn out to be more expensive than envisaged.

However, the executive are sure the organisers realise the impact this will have and will make sure there are several options regarding accommodation.

Pettersson said of the fact that this is the first games outside Europe: ‘This is great! We organise the competition to encourage young and old competitors to learn more about other islands and other cultures. This is another step in building bridges between insular societies and Bermuda will offer world class sporting venues.’

The Chairman of Bermuda Island Games Association Jon Beard said: ‘We are pleased and honoured to have been awarded the Island Games for 2013.

‘We are ready for the challenge that this award brings. As a tourist destination we look forward to accommodating the increased numbers the Games will bring and will continue to work with all of the Islands to ensure that the Bermuda Games is a wonderful experience for them all.’

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