After their 33-medal haul at the Games of the Small States of Europe in Malta last month, Monaco’s athletes have been honoured by Prince Albert II and Minister of State Pierre Dartout.
Monaco’s 33 medals, which included 13 golds, saw the Principality finish fourth in the 19th edition of the athletics event. T toast their triumphs, the protagonists of that success, including Giulia Viacava, who won seven of the 33 medals, were all invited to a special welcome at the Minister of State’s residence last week.
Pierre Dartout congratulated the Monegasque delegation “for their brilliant results and for having flown the Monegasque colours high” at the games. Yvette Lambin Berti, the Secretary General of the Monegasque Olympic Committee, added, “All of this wasn’t by chance. Behind the success, there is a lot of hard work, perseverance, rigour and patience.”
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Addressing Prince Albert II of Monaco, who was present at the event, Berti continued, “These encouraging performances are the result of your policies that value and support sport, and also the result of the means that you provide your government to put them in place. We are grateful to you.”
Andorra will host the next Games in 2025 before the event comes to the Principality in 2027. It will be the third time that Monaco will have hosted the Games of the Small States of Europe, after having previously done so in 1987 and 2007.
With a home event in sight, Berti told those gathered, “You must now persevere and keep going. Many of you are already preparing for these games. We will be at your side, and we will support you.”
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