During a press conference held at The Cottonera Sports Complex organised by MESA and SportMalta, Hon Clifton Grima, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Sport promised the full support to the Maltese athletes participating in the 21st Edition of the European Company Sport Games that will take place between the 21st and the 25th of June 2017 in Ghent, Belgium. He stated that it is important that employees keep themselves active through sports. He maintained that the government is committed assist in the growth of participation and encouraged companies to join MESA so that more employees can participate in activities organized during the year.
Mark Cutajar, CEO of Sportmalta said that such initiatives are supported since these occasions contribute to a healthier and more active society that is in line with SportMalta’s mission.
He augured success to all participating athletes.
A total of 21 different sports disciplines will be offered during the Games organized bi-annually by the European Federation for Company Sports (EFCS), namely:
Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volley, Bowling, Bridge, Chess, Cycling, Darts, Football (5-a-side, 7-a-side, 11-a-side), Golf, Handball, Mini-Golf, Orienteering, Padel, Petanque, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.
There are 39 European countries affiliated to the EFCS where Malta is represented by the Malta Employees Sport Association (MESA). Malta took part for the first time in the 20th Edition of the European Company Sport Games held in Riccione, Italy in June 2015 achieving very positive results by winning two gold medals and one bronze medal in Darts, one silver medal in Football and one bronze medal in Badminton.