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Games of the Small States of Europe

The Games of the Small States of Europe is a multi-sport event involving Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, and San Marino. 

The sports and events hosted during the Games include: Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cycling (road), Gymnastics (artistic), Judo, Shooting, Swimming, Table tennis, Tennis, and Volleyball.

The Games were created following a proposal made from Maltan officials in 1985. Every 2 years, a city representing one of the participating countries is appointed to be the host. The Games commence at the end of May or at the start of June.

Originally, there were only eight members to the Games. Montenegro became the ninth country added to the Games in 2009.

This multi-sport event is featured by the National Olympic Committee and is dedicated to these select countries which have a population of less than one million inhabitants.

Interesting Fact: The Faroe Islands continue to seek competition at the Games but they have been denied entry due to the fact that they are neither an independent state nor a European Olympic Committee member. The Faroe Islands remain an autonomous part of Denmark.

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