With the Monaco Athletics team (3 women, 12 men, and 3 coaches/trainers), IUM Prof. Moise Louisy-Louis and IUM alumna Inga Stasiulionyte went to Luxembourg City which hosted the 15th Games of the Small States of Europe. The Games, which started on May 27 and ended on June 1, are organized every two years by one of the nine Small States (Iceland, Monaco, San Marino, Malta, Andorra, Montenegro, Cyprus, and Liechtenstein).
Inga earned the silver medal in javelin throwing a season best and Moise earned the bronze medal on the 110 m hurdles, placed 4th in the javelin and 5th in the discus. Overall the track team did well as they collected 7 medals (the whole Monegasque delegation made 28 medals split as 7 gold, 8 silver and 15 bronze and Monaco finishing as the 6th nation).
Congratulations to both of you! The IUM family is proud to have such sportive members in its community!
History of the Games of Small States of Europe
It is not because we are small that we cannot act as grown-ups! Since 1985, the most promising athletes of the small states of Europe are meeting in the framework of the biennial games specially designed for them in a festive and fair play.
It was during a meeting of the European Olympic Committee when representatives of the Small States of Europe suggested the creation of the GSSE. In 1981 decision were made during a conference held in Baden-Baden. Organization, participation rules, regulations … The foundations are laid and in 1984 the birth of the Games for Small States of Europe is carried out in conjunction with the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Held every two years, the GSSE are developed in accordance with the rules of the Olympic Charter and of international federations.
Every country in Europe, member of the European Olympic Committee, and with less than one million inhabitants is welcome. At the time, these eight countries met these criteria Iceland, Andorra, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco and San Marino, whose capital hosted the first GSSE in 1985. In 2009, the ninth state to join the list of participating countries was Montenegro. Each of the states in competition has already held at least once the GSSE. In 2013 and for the second time since 1995 in Luxembourg who managed to be awarded the Games.