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Isle of Wight's hosting of Island Games 'will go ahead'

Thu 9 Dec 2010

Isle of Wight's hosting of Island Games 'will go ahead'

The Isle of Wight will host the international Natwest Island Games next summer after the organiser of the major sporting event denied claims the island will be unable to hold it.

Reports had surfaced earlier in the week that Jersey would step in to host the spectacle, because of doubts over the required funding from the Isle of Wight Council, which is currently imposing austerity measures and budget cuts.

But David Ball, chairman of the Island Games, said a misunderstanding had taken place and he had been misquoted and reassured locals and those planning Isle of Wight holidays for the event it would definitely be held on the island.

"We do expect to receive [the funding]. We don't always get the funding exactly when we need it but that is local government. It is a slow process," he was quoted as saying by the Isle of Wight County Press.

The international Natwest Island Games is set to get underway on June 25th 2011 and will run until July 1st.

Posted by Adam Pearson ADNFCR-3083-ID-800282749-ADNFCR

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