Parliament of the Faroe Islands approves financial guarantee to host future edition of the Islands Games


The Parliament of the Faroe Islands has approved the provision of a financial guarantee to host a future edition of the Islands Games here.

The € 1.35million (£ 1.18million / $ 1.57million) guarantee was offered by Faroe Islands Finance Minister Kristina Háfos, who competed in swimming at the Olympic Games. land in 1991 and the Isle of Wight in 1993.

The Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee (FCSOC) has expressed its wish to hold the biennial multisport event as soon as possible, but no later than 2029, as the financial guarantee will expire the following year.

Last year’s Island Games were held in Gotland and the 2021 event is set to be held in Guernsey.

The 2025 edition would appear to be the most likely upcoming edition the Faroe Islands could host, with an offer from Orkney to host the 2023 edition receiving official support from the Executive Committee of the International Island Games Association (IIGA) in the month last.

The FCSOC is a founding member of the IIGA and hosted the third edition of the Island Games in 1989, which saw 800 athletes from 15 islands compete in 11 sports.

“Having competed in the Island Games twice, I know what it means to proudly represent the Faroese flag in international competitions,” Háfos said.

“By providing the financial guarantees necessary to host a future edition of the Games, the Faroese government is helping to safeguard the future of Faroese athletes.

“The Faroe Islands are hitting well above their weight in sport both locally and globally – one in three people in the Faroe Islands is a member of a sports club – but with no more opportunities to compete internationally, our best athletes will struggle, which is why we are also campaigning for Olympic recognition. “

The campaign for Olympic recognition was intensified by the FCSOC in March, with the organization claiming its participation and hosting the Island Games as an autonomous nation adding to the “compelling reasons” it puts forward to the Committee. International Olympic (IOC).

The Faroe Islands, an archipelago north of Great Britain and between Iceland and Norway, has been an autonomous region of Denmark since 1948 and governs all matters except foreign and defense policy.

They are recognized by eight International Olympic Federations, including FIFA, as well as the International Paralympic Committee, but have made no progress in IOC recognition since the first openings in the 1980s.

The FCSOC, however, has received support from the National Olympic Committee and the Danish Sports Confederation and hopes that a campaign led by British consultancy Vero Communications will help change the IOC’s position.

Jon Hestoy, FCSOC Vice President, said the Islands Games would be an important chance for Faroese athletes to compete on an international stage.

He expressed his hope that a similar opportunity might arise if their efforts to gain Olympic recognition prove to be successful.

“We are delighted that the government of the Faroe Islands has shown such strong support for returning the International Games from the Islands to the Faroe Islands for the first time since 1989,” said Hestoy.

“With financial accommodation guarantees in place, we are now well positioned to launch a bid for the Games and once again place the Faroe Islands at the center of this fantastic sporting celebration.

“The Island Games are an important part of the continued growth and development of sport in the Faroe Islands, providing Faroese athletes with a much-needed opportunity to represent our country on the international stage.

“Our dream is to one day offer this same opportunity to our athletes at the Olympic Games, as we continue our campaign for Olympic recognition.”

The Faroe Islands finished second in the medal table behind the Isle of Man at the last Islands Games in Gotland, Sweden last year.

They won 87 medals including 30 gold.

The Island Games now have 27 island teams, with 14 sports included on the program.

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