Orkney’s bid to host the 2023 Island Games has been further bolstered after it received the backing of the International Island Games Association (IIGA) executive committee.

Following an inspection visit to Orkney by an IIGA delegation in November 2017, a report was presented at the committee meeting at the end of March and the IIGA has recommended that Orkney can successfully host the 2023 event.

The final decision, however, will be taken by all 24 member islands at the next IIGA Annual General Meeting, which takes place on July 7 in Gibraltar, the host for the next Games in 2019.

Orkney’s bid committee, which includes representatives from the Orkney Island Games Association, Orkney Islands Council and EventScotland, on behalf of Scottish Government, will present their proposals at the meeting and respond to any questions member islands might have.

Liam McArthur MSP, Orkney 2023 bid chairman, commented: “A lot of hard work has gone into preparing Orkney’s bid to host the 2023 Island Games and we’re delighted to receive this positive endorsement from the International Island Games executive committee. Putting the community at the heart of our bid, of course, will be crucial to giving international visitors a real flavour of Orkney and its people, while also delivering a world class Games.

“We are very grateful for the support we have received so far, including from our key partners. We aim to secure this fantastic international multi-sport event for Orkney and deliver a memorable and friendly Games in 2023. I look forward to presenting our bid to member islands in July and showing everything Orkney has to offer.”