The Maltese Olympic Committee has announced that the 20th edition of the Games of the Small States of Europe will be hosted in Malta.  The Maltese Olympic Committee officially won the bid to host these games during the GSSE General Assembly which is currently taking place in Montenegro.

This will be the third time that Malta would be hosting these Games having hosted them in 1993 and 2003.

“It is of great satisfaction for the Maltese Olympic Committee to make such an announcement –  we have the full backing of the Maltese Government as well as the other nations that compete in these Games” explained Julian Pace Bonello, President, Maltese Olympic Committee. “We have now five years of solid hard work to produce a memorable Games.  We have already started working on a Business Plan, which will include the potential sports that could be chosen for competition in 2023”

The Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) are a biennial, multi-sport event, launched in the Republic of San Marino, organized by and featuring the National Olympic Committees of eight European small states since 1985. These were later joined by Montenegro in 2009. The Games are typically held at the end of May or beginning of June, and feature competitions in nine or ten Summer Olympic sports and one other sport, which may be a non-Olympic sport.