Cork to host Novelty mini olympics

The World Mini Games 2013 will take place in Cork,Ireland from the 23rd to
the 25th of August and
registration for the events has started to open. Featuring over 30 sports,
the 2nd Irish Sports Summit,
a Sport and Leisure Expo and an International Corporate Golf Tournament,
Cork is set to welcome
thousands of sports enthusiasts to the Banks of the River Lee. The Mini
Games are based on the
reduced format versions of sports, such as 5 a-side football or Hockey 8s,
but will also host many
other exciting sports such as dodgeball and strongman. But while the
Beckhams, Tigers and Bolts
of the world will be welcome to come along and spectate, they won’t be
allowed to compete in this
particular World sports event.

Anthony Neville, WMG2013 Event Director ‘ The World Mini Games is all about
the little guy, the
other 99.999% [please check this stat, Ed!] of adult amateur
sports enthusiasts, the non-elites, who never get to compete in an
Olympics, a World Cup, a Masters. These Games are open to every non-elite
sports enthusiast of
every ability, be they the seven nights a week runner or the one hour a
week five-a-side goalhanger.
Each sport will have many different grades, giving each participant the
opportunity to win a world
title at their level. And with Cork eager to create an Olympics feel to the
City, the visitors will never
come closer to walking in the shoes of the world’s elite athletes.

Designated as both a Cork County and Cork City flagship Gathering event,
and with support from
sponsors IPB Insurance, both Local Authorities, sport National Governing
Bodies, the Cork business
and sporting community, and the Cork Public, the World Mini Games is ready
to open its doors to
thousands of national and international participants come August.

Chairperson WMG2013, James O’Reilly ‘The level of goodwill towards the
Games has been frankly
overwhelming. Anyone we have reached out to has been eager to embrace the
Games, and whether
it is to come and speak at the Summit, or enter a team in the Corporate
Golf Tournament, or provide
venues and support, wherever we have gone the doors have been flung wide
open. And between the
sports, the expo, the conferences, this is almost the sporting equivalent
of an International Ploughing
Festival in terms of enveloping an entire industry on the one site.’

The overall aim of the Games is to use it as a vehicle to promote sport and
to promote Ireland to the
farthest reaches of the World, and with interested emails dropping in from
Australia, Canada, India,
San Francisco and around Europe just this week alone, the Games are doing
just that.

If anyone is interested in taking part in the Games or would like to attend
some of the events
in August, then they can follow the progress at

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