The Municipal Sports Games are coming to Menorca

May 29, 2024 | Current affairs, Featured, Interview, Portada, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The competitions will be held from the 31st of May to the 8th of June, offering a wide variety of sports in different municipal venues.

On Tuesday, 28th May, a press conference was held at the headquarters of the Consell Insular de Menorca to present the 5th edition of the Municipal Sports Games 2024, an event that will bring together 1139 registered athletes from all over the island of Menorca. The competitions will be held from the 31st of May to the 8th of June, offering a wide variety of sports in different municipal venues. The event was attended by Rafel Quintana, Sports Director of the CIME, Alicia Martí, Sports Councillor of the Town Council of Ferreries, Jose María Vidal, General Coordinator of IGA Menorca and the rest of the sports councillors of the municipalities of Menorca.

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Municipal Sports Games

This year, the Games stand out for the participation of athletes of all ages, from 10 to 78 years old. Of those registered, 829 are federated athletes, representing 72.78% of the total, while 310 are non-federated, which is equivalent to 27.21%. In terms of gender distribution, 676 are men (59.35%) and 463 are women (40.65%).

Compared to the 2022 edition, this one has 2.72% more registered participants, and by municipalities, Es Migjorn has increased its participation by 17.39%, Ferreries by 16.80% and Es Castell by 16.36%. By population, taking as a reference the total number of people registered in each municipality, Es Migjorn tops the list of participation with 8.70% of its inhabitants, followed by Ferreries with 3.52% and Alaior with 3.51%.

‘This year marks a decade since the Municipal Sports Games began and we have the honour of celebrating it with a historic participation figure, the highest so far of the five editions. In addition, these Games will be very special, because in Menorca we have a very important sporting challenge on the table and that is to host the IGA in 2033, and everything indicates that this will be the case. For this reason, this event will help us to prepare everything that the organisation of these future Games in Menorca represents, both in terms of facilities and organisation”, explained Rafel Quintana at a press conference.

Among the team sports, football is the most represented with 272 registered participants, followed by basketball with 182. Volleyball has experienced a significant growth of 40.42% compared to the last edition. In individual sports, artistic gymnastics has increased by 56.89%, archery by 46.42% and sailing by 38

‘From IGA Menorca we are very happy to see that Menorcans continue to be interested in sporting activities. This year, as a novelty, the Games will last 9 days instead of a weekend, precisely to prepare the island for a future event on a larger scale”, said Jose Maria Vidal.

Sports venues

The competitions will take place in the different municipalities of Menorca, with each locality offering its sports facilities:

Maó: Athletics, Sailing, Windsurfing.
Es Migjorn Gran: Badminton, Tennis, Artistic Gymnastics.
Ciutadella: Cycling (MTB), Clay Pigeon Shooting, Precision Shooting, Beach Volleyball.
Es Mercadal: Swimming, Golf, Cycling (Road), Archery.
Ferreries: Football, Basketball, Track Volleyball, Tennis.
Es Castell: Judo, Triathlon.
Sant Lluís: Table Tennis, Track Volleyball.
Alaior: Basketball.

Closing ceremony

The closing ceremony of the Games will be held in Ferreries on the 8th of June at 20.00 hours. During the closing ceremony, trophies will be awarded to the winning municipalities in each sport and the final classification will be announced to determine the winning municipality for the 2024 edition. The ceremony will culminate with a concert by the Binigaus Band, bringing this fifth edition of the Municipal Sports Games to a close.

‘I want to emphasize that these Games will not only be a sporting competition but also a good time of coexistence and brotherhood between our peoples. We will have a few days full of emotion, fun and sporting values that reinforce the relations of friendship and cooperation between the municipalities”, concluded Alicia Martí, councillor of the Ferreries Town Council, host of the closing.