Games of La Francophonie, France, Nice, September 7 to 15, 2013
The VII Games of La Francophonie, held in Nice from September 7 to 15, brought together 3,000 participants, including 2,500 competitors and more than 500 delegates, from 54 State and government members and observers of the Francophonie. Team Canada's 189 participants did very well with 45 medals, earning 2nd place in the medal standings behind host country France. Canada-Quebec and Canada-New Brunswick can also be proud of their performances which netted 12 medals and 6 medals respectively.
What are the Games of La Francophonie?
A major event for youth, the Games of La Francophonie are held every four years, bringing together almost 3,000 athletes and artists from 77 member and observer states and governments of La Francophonie. The Games of La Francophonie are the only international games that feature both cultural and sport competitions.
The Games of La Francophonie were created in 1987 during the Summit of La Francophonie in Quebec City. The mandate of the Comité international des Jeux de la Francophonie, which reports to the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, is to oversee the overall organization of the Games in the host country.
Since Canada and the governments of Quebec and New Brunswick are members of the international Francophonie, the Canadian delegation to the Games of La Francophonie consists of three teams: Canada, Canada–Quebec and Canada–New Brunswick.
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