1. ITV Report

Orkney backed to host 2023 Island Games

The Swedish island of Gotland hosted the last Games in 2017. Credit: ITV

The International Island Games Association has given its backing to Orkney's bid to host the event for the first time in its history in 2023.

Orkney's bid team will now present their proposals to the 24 member islands at the IIGA's AGM in Gibraltar in July.

The 2023 event will be the 20th Games, following Gibraltar 2019 and Guernsey 2021.

They have also confirmed which of the 18 Island Games sports will feature on the 2023 programme, with basketball, judo, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball set to miss out.

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Clay shooting
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lawn bowls
  • Road cycling
  • Sailing
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Triathlon

Putting the community at the heart of our bid, of course, will be crucial to giving international visitors a real flavour of Orkney and its people, while also delivering a world class Games. We are very grateful for the support we have received so far, including from our key partners. We aim to secure this fantastic international multi-sport event for Orkney and deliver a memorable and friendly Games in 2023. I look forward to presenting our bid to member islands in July and showing everything Orkney has to offer.

– Liam McArthur MSP, Orkney 2023 Bid Chairman