Gotland wins 2017 Island Games

THE 2017 Island Games will be held in Gotland after the Swedish island was awarded the Games by the Membership of the International Island Games Association (IIGA) at their recent Annual General Meeting.

The decision was made on July 14 during the Preview Visit to Bermuda, Host Island of the NatWest Island Games 2013.

Gotland hosted the first NatWest Island Games in 1999 after NatWest became the Title Sponsorship of the IIGA.

Jorgen Pettersson, Chairman of the IIGA Executive Committee: “Gotland is an Island well known for its passion for sport. They have the knowledge, and enthusiasm as well as the venues and accommodation to deliver a great Games. Gotland has shown great determination to continue the development of the International Island Games Association.”

Bo Frykenstam, Chairman of the Gotland 2017 Bid Committee: “What a feeling to bring the Games home to Gotland once again! It means a lot for the sports on Gotland and indeed for the whole of Gotland to host this multi-sport event in 2017.”

Ake Svensson, Mayor of Gotland: “Major events are important for Gotland and our tourism industry. It was a great pleasure to participate in the Annual General Meeting of the IIGA and succeed in bringing home the Games to Gotland in 2017. It will be one of many important parts in the constant development of the island of Gotland.”