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International Island Games Association (IGA) is an organisation the sole purpose of which is to organise the Island Games, a friendly biennial athletic competition between teams from several islands and other small territories. The IGA liaises with the member island associations and with sponsors of the games. It investigates whether islands wanting to join fit the membership criteria. Any further additions since Minorcamarker joined in 2005 will now require changes to the constitution.

History

The Island Games began in 1985 as the Inter-Island Games, as part of the Isle of Manmarker International Year of Sport, and were intended to be a one-off sporting celebration only. Geoffrey Corlett, who became the first Games Director, not only contacted the islands surrounding the United Kingdommarker, but also encouraged the countries of Greenlandmarker, Icelandmarker and Maltamarker, the territories of Faroe Islandsmarker, Saint Helena and Channel Islands; and others to participate. Initially, fifteen islands with 600 competitors and officials took part in seven sports, with the total cost of staging the Games being put at £70,000. The track and field events were held on an eight-lane grass track, a far cry from the current games, which now use a synthetic track in a stadium capable of holding 10,000 spectators. So successful were the Games of 1985 that it was decided to hold a similar event two years later.

Members

The IGA was founded in the Isle of Manmarker in 1985. Constituents come from islands in, or associated with, nine sovereign states (Canadamarker, Denmarkmarker, Estoniamarker, Finlandmarker, Greecemarker, Norwaymarker, Spainmarker, Swedenmarker, and the United Kingdommarker).

Current members of the IGA are:







Gibraltarmarker is the only member of the IGA that is not an island or group of islands (it is a peninsula of Iberiamarker, sharing a 1.2 km land border with Spainmarker, but seen as an island in a geopolitical sense). Anglesey, Hitra, and Prince Edward Island have bridge or tunnel connections to their mainland. Greenland is by far the largest island, and is bigger than all the rest combined.

Game venues

Football


Year Games Host Island Country
1985 I Isle of Manmarker British crown dependency
1987 II Guernseymarker British crown dependency
1989 III Faroe Islandsmarker autonomous province of the Kingdom of Denmark
1991 IV Ålandmarker autonomous province of Finlandmarker
1993 V Isle of Wightmarker United Kingdommarker (England)
1995 VI Gibraltarmarker British overseas territory
1997 VII Jerseymarker British crown dependency
1999 VIII Gotlandmarker Swedenmarker
2001 IX Isle of Manmarker British crown dependency
2003 X Guernseymarker British crown dependency
2005 XI Shetlandmarker United Kingdom
2007 XII Rhodesmarker Greecemarker
2009 XIII Ålandmarker Finlandmarker
2011 XIV Isle of Wightmarker United Kingdom (England)
2013 XV Bermudamarker British overseas territory


Sports

The host country chooses between 12 and 14 different sports for their games from this list:







Medals table

Already with the medals won in the 2009 edition

Island Games medal count
Pos Country
1 396 377 357
2 317 311 333
3 294 308 338
4 199 161 149
5 142 135 168
6 139 153 121
7 133 123 161
8 57 37 41
9 56 67 64
10 53 49 54
11 50 45 41
12 50 42 42
13 38 43 69
14 30 48 77
15 20 17 21
16 18 29 36
17 (Ynys Môn) 17 28 38
18 15 18 25
19 6 6 9
20 6 2 2
21 2 4 11
22 1 7 5
23 1 5 11
24 1 2 0
25 1 1 2
26 0 2 3
27 0 0 2


From 2001, competitors from islands with a population of less than 10,000 (Alderney, Falklands, Frøya, Hitra, St. Helena and Sark), also compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze 'Small Island Certificates', with restrictions that Silver is only awarded if at least 3 compete, and Bronze only if at least 4 compete.

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