The Games of the Small States of Europe was created following a proposal from Malta in 1985. Since the inaugural edition held that same year in San Marino, the European Olympic Committees have run a multi-sport event for the 9 countries in the European continent that have less than one million inhabitants.
The countries that compete are Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein,
Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino. It takes place
every 2 years in cities that are appointed from within the participating
Subsequent games were organised in:
San Marino (2001)
The last edition was held in Reykjavík (Iceland) from the 1st June – 6th June 2015.
The next edition will be held in San Marino in 2017.
The current included sports are: Athletics, Basketball, Beach
Volleyball, Cycling (road), Gymnastics (artistic), Judo, Shooting,
Swimming, Table tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.
Volleyball first entered the Games in 1987 with a men's Volleyball tournament, while Beach Volleyball joined the Games in 2005.
Below is the official poster from the Cyprus Games of the Small States in 1989.
For more information please go to the European Olympic Committees Official Website.