The Australian High Commissioner to Mauritius, Ms Jenny Dee, hosted a reception at the Australian residence on 19 March to farewell Mauritian athletes who will be taking part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games which will be held on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia from 4 to 15 April 2018.
“We are very excited to be welcoming some 6,600 athletes to the Commonwealth Games which are being held in my home state of Queensland,” Ms Dee said.
“Sport is a universal language and as our two countries prepare to participate in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, let us also celebrate the shared values of the Commonwealth – our great sporting values of competition, team work and fair play - and our rich diversity.”
The Minister of Youth and Sports, the Hon Stephan Toussaint and the President and members of the National Commonwealth Games Committee, who will lead the Mauritian team were present for the occasion with members of Team Mauritius from the Athletics, Para – Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Badminton, Table Tennis, Squash and Triathlon disciplines.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the biggest international sporting event staged in Australia for a decade and the largest ever hosted by the Gold Coast, attracting more than 100,000 visitors, a worldwide TV audience of more than 1.5 billion people and up to 15,000 volunteers.
The 2018 Games will also be the largest-ever para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history, comprising up to 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across seven sports. There will be an equal number of men’s and women’s medal events across the Games.
The Games will feature 10 compulsory sports (athletics, aquatics, badminton, boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, squash, rugby sevens, weightlifting) and eight optional sports (beach volleyball, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, shooting, table tennis, triathlon, wrestling). Unique to the Commonwealth Games is the full integration of para-competition into the program. The GC2018 para-sports are athletics, aquatics, lawn bowls and powerlifting.
19 March 2018