The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading to more countries, territories and regions of the world at an alarming rate and physical and social distancing practices are becoming commonplace to stop the spread of the disease.
The closure of gyms, sport facilities and stadiums, public pools, dance studios, and playgrounds mean that many of us are not able to actively participate in individual or group sporting or physical activities, nor watch live sporting events. As a result, the global sporting community is facing serious challenges due to measures imposed in countless countries around the world.
We’ve heard about all the intensive work and renovations that venues around the Island have been undergoing since the announcement that the 10th edition of the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) would be coming to Mauritius.
We watched with anticipation when
Krouink was introduced as the lovable mascot.
The National Board of YUVA held a meeting on 30 January 2016 at YUVA Head Office. Office bearers voted Kritish Nudurchand as the new President for YUVA District Plaines Wilhems.
Kritish has immense experience in youth development and more importantly, on creating and promoting the concept of Generation Unified where people with and without intellectual disabilities come together through Special Olympics Mauritius sports programmes and the engagement of Mauritian youth.
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Did you know? [YUVA Operational Structure]
YUVA has a National Board where appointed members act as policy makers of the organisation. The National Board is constituted by a Chairman & National President, General Secretary, Head of Research & Development, Head of Social Media, 12 Advisors and 9 District Presidents. The Board plays a key role in coordinating activities: bringing potential partners together, facilitating the overall flow of information, helping identify where there are opportunities to collaborate, and supporting that collaboration.
Under the National Board comes the District Boards, where YUVA has appointed a President for every district of Mauritius. The District Presidents work towards creating local YUVAs in every ward/village/town found in their territories.
At the end, the local YUVA Presidents become District Board members, chaired by their respective District Presidents.
The Indian Ocean Island Games (French: Jeux des îles de l’océan Indien) is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from Indian Ocean islands.
The Games were adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1976 and currently gather the islands of Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Mayotte, Réunion and the Maldives. The number of athletes who participate has increased over the years, it went from 1000 athletes in 1979 to over 1500 participants in 2003 and 2007.
From 1947 until 1963, a precursor called Indian Ocean Games Triangulaire was organized between Madagascar, Mauritius and Réunion. In Madagascar 1963, a football match between Mauritius vs Madagascar was abandoned at 1-1 in 54′. Then Madagascar declared winners of tournament. After this match Mauritius refused to play and the tournament was not held anymore.
In 1974, the Regional Olympic Committee of Réunion decide to organise a multi-sport competition in the Indian Ocean and it was finally adopted by the IOC in 1976. The competition was initially billed as the Indian Ocean Games. However, its name was changed to the Indian Ocean Island Games before the first games, without the participation of Sri Lanka, initially in the bill.
The objectives of the games is to contribute to regional cooperation through the development of sport in the region, build friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples of the islands of the Indian Ocean, in the spirit of Olympism. Allow athletes to have every four years, a competition whose interest and level are commensurate with the real sport of the region, create a regional event whose repercussions will ensure the infrastructure development of countries in the area that lags far behind.
YUVA shows it’s support to Team Mauritius in the JIOI 2015