In mid-February, the electronic clock marking the days to the 17th edition of the Games of the Small States of Europe reached the fateful number of 100 days.
In less than 100 days, 16 years after the unforgettable 2001 edition and 32 years after the first historic one in 1985, San Marino will host the Games once more. The Organizing Committee is working to create that magical unique atmosphere that only such events can give.
The 100 days were celebrated on Saturday 18th February during the San Marino Sport Awards, a gala during which the athletes who stood out in the previous season are awarded prizes.
Over 1,000 athletes for the 2017 Games of the Small States
The Organizing Committee of the San Marino 2017 Games of the Small States of Europe has completed the Preliminary Entries by Number: the results are those of a big event. Actually, once again, this San Marino edition of the Games will pass the threshold of 1,000 athletes plus 500 referees, managers, technicians, guests and VIPs. The most numerous delegation will probably be the one from Luxemburg, which is expected to include over 220 people. The Icelandic delegation too should be formed by more than 200 people, followed by the hosting team with preliminary entries for 199 people (150 athletes, 44 officials and 5 referees). The less numerous delegation will be Andorra with less than 50 athletes. The total number of male athletes should be around 570 while women will be 440. The programme of the San Marino Organizing Committee has received a good feedback from the hosted delegations. At present, the only sports which have not been confirmed because less than 4 nations have entered their athletes are Bocce (Women’s Raffa and Mixed Team, Mixed Team Pétanque and Women’s Lyonnaise and Mixed Team), judo (Women’s -48 and +78) and shooting (Women’s Double Trap and Skeet).
Positive feedback came from the Small States to the proposal to introduce archery in the programme: there will be 63 athletes of eight nations out of nine. Basketball will see the participation of six teams for men and four teams for women while for volleyball there will be five participating teams in the men’s tournament and six teams in the women’s one. Great numbers have been reached for beach volley and cycling too while athletics, swimming, shooting and judo are as crowded as usual.
All the countries have entered at least one man and one woman in the tennis tournament.
Of course, all numbers may still change.