152 athletes will be representing Luxembourg at the Games of the Small States of Europe in 2017. The sporting line-up includes events from twelve disciplines: athletics, basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, bowls, judo, swimming, tennis, table tennis, archery, shooting and volleyball.
In 2015, the Luxembourg selection, Team Lëtzebuerg, brought home a haul of 80 medals: 34 gold, 22 silver and 24 bronze. That performance placed Luxembourg in second position in the overall medal table for the 2015 Games. In total, since the Games of the Small States of Europe first started, Luxembourg has won 812 medals – including 260 golds – placing it third overall.
The first edition of the Games of the Small States of Europe took place in 1985, also in San Marino, following a proposal from the Maltese Olympic Committee. Only European countries with a population of less than one million people are eligible to take part. Unlike the Olympic Games, the Games of the Small States of Europe are held every two years in one of the member countries.
Nine European countries take part in this sporting event: Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, San Marino, Monaco and Liechtenstein. Luxembourg hosted the Games in 1995 and 2013.
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal)