GIS– 16 April 2019: The Jeux Des Jeunes Elites (JDJE), aiming to promote sporting values among the youth and encourage them to take up a sports activity, kicked off, yesterday evening, at the Glen-Park Multisports Complex, in Vacoas. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, and other personalities were present.
Addressing the youth on this occasion, Minister Toussaint highlighted that the aim of these Games is to provide a platform for young elite athletes to develop their interests and practical skills in sporting disciplines as well as to set themselves challenges in the sporting field.
The Minister encouraged the youth to continuously show their dedication to sports and to stay away from the drug scourge. Participation in these Games will enable young people to stay physically fit and prepare them for upcoming games such as the Indian Ocean Island Games 2019, he further added.
Jeux Des Jeunes Elites
The Jeux Des Jeunes Elites, scheduled from 15 to 17 April 2019, targets boys and girls aged between 14 to 17 years old. Eleven competitive sports disciplines are on the agenda: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling, Football, Handball, Judo, Swimming, Table Tennis and Volleyball.
This edition, organised on a residential basis, is allowing youngsters to cohabit as a group. Thus, encouraging their personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, and responsibility towards themselves.
There were some 3 595 preliminary entries for the Games. Some 1 000 athletes from Mauritius; around 180 participants from Rodrigues and 15 from Agalega are participating in the finals of the Games.
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