A LEADING figure in Ynys Mon’s bid to host the 2025 International Island Games is “looking forward” to working with organisers after they were named as preferred hosts of the event.

The Welsh island’s status as preferred bidders to host what is dubbed as a Mini Olympics in six years’ time was confirmed at the IIGA Annual General Meeting in Gibraltar on Tuesday, July 9 by the Executive Committee to the island’s 2025 Bid Committee.

Jorgen Pettersson, Chairman of the International Island Games Executive Committee, has now challenged the island to “show the best of Ynys Mon” ahead of a visit from an inspection team later this year to run the rule over the facilities at the site.

He said: "During the week of the NatWest International Island Games in Gibraltar the Member Islands of the International Island Games Association met for their Annual General Meeting.

"One of the decisions was to announce Ynys Môn as the preferred bidder for the Games in 2025. The IIGA Executive Committee will send an inspection team to Ynys Môn later this year when they will meet with the Bid Committee, sports officials, accommodation agencies etc and view the sports facilities.

“They will then present a report to the 2020 AGM in Guernsey when the Member Islands will make the final decision.

"We look forward to working in partnership with Ynys Môn to produce a powerful bid for 2025 and a substantial legacy for the young people of the Island that will last for many years."

If Anglesey is successful in obtaining the event, it would be another massive boost for the region, who recently held a hugely successful Inter Island Games football tournament that saw the men and women clinch gold and silver respectively.