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Orkney secures Island Games for 2023

IIGA celebration Image copyright Orkney Island Games Association
Image caption Liam McArthur MSP, Robbie Fraser, Calvin Cooper and Alison MacPhail - all from the bid committee - celebrated the news

Orkney is to host the 2023 Island Games.

The decision was confirmed by a unanimous vote at the International Island Games Association (IIGA) AGM in Gibraltar at the weekend.

The IIGA executive committee had recommended to its members that Orkney was capable of hosting the event following an inspection last year.

It will feature 13 disciplines including athletics, archery, badminton, football and golf.

'Games to remember'

Jörgen Pettersson, chairman of the IIGA, said: "Congratulations to Orkney, one of our founding member islands.

"Ever since the start of the IIGA in 1985 Orkney has enthusiastically taken part in the NatWest International Island Games.

"Orkney will be the 12th host island of the games that brings islands and islanders together in friendly competition."

MSP Liam McArthur, the Orkney 2023 bid chairman, said: "This is a fantastic achievement and I am confident that Orkney will put on a high quality games to remember.

"Orkney has all the attributes to be the perfect host for these games."

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