Seychelles Begins Countdown to Regional CJSOI Games Next December

The countdown to the CJSOI Games – an event that brings together young people from around the Indian Ocean for cultural and sporting events – has been launched in Seychelles.

In a ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, Seychelles, through the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Family, which has the presidency of the Indian Ocean Youth and Sport Commission games, gave the kick start for the games, which are scheduled for December 2022. In French, CJSOI stands for the Commission de la Jeunesse et des Sports de l’Ocean Indien.

The 12th edition of the games was due to take place this year but was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The games, targeting young people between 14 and 17 years old, are expected to be held in Mauritius.

Marie Celine Zialor, the minister for Youth, Sports and Family, also the president of the commission, said that more effort will be put in to raise the standard of the games to better prepare young people for other games held regionally and internationally, which would result in them bringing home medals.

“The government is engaged to bring hope for our young people,” said Zialor, stressing that young people who lack discipline will not be supported, for she said discipline remains primordial in such events.

The CJSOI Games which are held every two years were introduced in 1994 by the Ministerial Committee of the Commission de la Jeunesse et des Sports e l’Ocean Indien.

Its objectives are to promote friendship ties between young people from member states and foster regional cooperation, sporting culture and development of young people.