Island Games: Guernsey name sports for 2021 bid

VOLLEYBALL is one of four sports set to miss out on the 2021 Island Games – although it could yet be spared if plans to build a new school in Guernsey fail to materialise.

Island Games: Guernsey name sports for 2021 bid

The Guernsey Island Games Association have submitted their official bid document for the Games in five summers' time – all but confirmed to be taking place in the sister isle – and it includes the 14 sports they intend to hold.

Volleyball has been omitted from provisional plans, but hope does remain for those involved in the sport as a question mark is hanging over whether basketball will be able to keep its place.

Indoor bowls will make a return after being exiled since Shetland 2005, while there is disappointment for gymnastics, judo, squash, who have all been excluded.

'Because of the issue of bedstock, we decided that we had to drop one of the big team sports and we felt it impossible to drop football or basketball, so volleyball is the unfortunate sport,' said GIGA games director Jon Marley.

'But, and it is a big but, the only way that basketball will be included is if the new Le Mare de Carteret School is built, because we need that extra court space.'

Both gymnastics and volleyball have also been left out of Gibraltar's plans for the Games in 2019.

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