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For non-sportsmen/women like me, the “Indian Ocean Island Games” it’s :
– a regular tournament, except you can find other sportsmen “from the area”
– a funny mascot and song
– a husband who spent every other weekend for training for 6 months and who had badminton dreams in the night

For sportsmen/women like David, it is :
– one year (and a half) of personal involvement under stress, without knowing if you get selected into the team or not (until one month before the games)
– sports gears to represent Reunion island (“look, look how beautiful my shoes are !!”)
– same as the Olympic Games but in the Indian Ocean (“you don’t get it, the island games are just like the olympic games !”)

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This year, the 9th Indian Ocean Island Games take place in Reunion. Well, let’s say that it is like the olympic games between the islands : Mauritius, Madagascar, Comores, Mayotte, Maldives, Seychelles and Reunion. 14 sports are scheduled around the island.

I got lucky and could watch the opening ceremony :

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The empty places were for the sportsmen. After the parade, the stadium was almost full. I didn’t take many pictures of the night show, but it was nice. Actually, after all, maybe it is a bit like the Olympic Games… just a bit.
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