Four Absen LED displays were used at the Côte D’Or national sports complex, which played host to the 2019 Indian Ocean Island Games and created a ‘wow factor’ during the Olympic event in Mauritius.

The 2019 Indian Ocean Island Games, officially known as Jeux des îles de l’océan Indien Maurice 2019 or simply JIOI Maurice 2019, is the 10th edition of this multi-sport event for athletes representing the National Olympic Committees of Indian Ocean island nations. It was held in Mauritius from July 19 – 28, 2019, with the attendance of over 2000 athletes from Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mayotte, Reunion, Seychelles and Mauritius.

In the context of the Indian Ocean Islands Games 2019 (IOIG) and in line with the Government’s vision to develop Mauritius as a sports destination, a state-of-the-art sports complex comprising an aquatic centre, a multi-purpose gym, a football stadium as well as an athletic track, is being set up in Cote D’Or, with an investment of Rs732 million ($20,254,000).

According to Eddy Boissézon, Mauritius’ Acting Minister of Youth and Sports and Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reform, was entrusted with the organising of the 11th edition of the IOI,G following the decision of the International Games Committee to withdraw the organisation of the 10th edition from the Federal Republic of Comoros.  Despite the time constraints, the Mauritian government showed determination to come up with the necessary sporting infrastructure for the event of magnitude.

As part of the necessary sports infrastructure, four Absen LED displays, with a total area of 123.5m2, were installed in the gymnasium, the aquatic centre and on the exterior wall of the gymnasium.

The gymnasium, which can accommodate 2,000 spectators, hosted the judo competition during the 2019 Indian Ocean Island Games. The 37.5m2 Absen PL lite screen was deployed in a 7.5m wide by 5m high configuration. The display offered a 4.8mm pixel pitch, 4000 nits of brightness and 140° of horizontal viewing angle as well as real-time monitoring from PC, tablets and smartphones, giving the user complete control locally and remotely. With a panel thickness of 87 mm, the Absen PL lite is thin and light, saving on installation space, and making delivery and installation convenient.

With its seating capacity of 1,100 and an Olympic swimming pool, the aquatic centre was the venue for the swimming events. A 37 sqm LED display screen, next to the swimming pool and opposite to the auditorium, was used to offer live match feeds, scores display, commercial advertising opportunities and overall better experience for visitors to the aquatic centre. Boasting a 6.6 mm pixel pitch, 7500 nits of brightness and a 160° horizontal viewing angle, the XD6 plus showed an excellent visual performance to the audience, even in the direct sunlight during the competition.

Two additional Absen XD6 series displays were mounted on the exterior wall of the gymnasium, securing a functional and decorative part of the video system of the whole stadium. Absen’s XD6 plus stood out as a perfect choice from every angle. “Built for the direct sunlight”- Absen’s XD plus series was born to be a cost-effective long-term solution for OOH environment, keeping with the expectations of today’s fans in an increasingly digitalised world.

According to Alice Qian, Absen’s sales manager of the Mauritius market, “We feel very proud to be part of this big event. With so many successful and excellent references in world-class stadiums, we are the best choice for this grand Olympic event. One of the biggest challenges of this project is the very short lead time for the delivery of the products for the fix-dated event. Absen has these best-selling products in stock, so it’s one point that made Absen stand out among many competitors. Besides, Absen has earned its reputation by providing excellent after-sales service for its customers. We sent one of our excellent service engineers, Carvin Yu, on-site to help with the installation and make sure the project was completed on schedule. The whole project went smoothly, and we are happy to be involved.”

“Working with Absen throughout the project was a pleasure. From sales right through to service, every team was skilled, knowledgeable and prompt in getting the necessary information to us and offering support with the product.” Adds Avisshal Beetun, the technical director of MMIL, the systems integrator of the projects. “We are 100% satisfied with the four screens installed, and they have exceeded our expectations. They fit beautifully into our stadium environment and performed perfectly for the 2019 Indian Ocean Island Games. We have fantastic feedback from visitors. The displays can also be used for future events that will take place throughout the year. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Absen displays to anyone looking for a similar solution.”

At the opening day of the first Indian Ocean Islands Game (IOIG) competitions, Prime Minister of Mauritius – Pravind Jugnauth attended. Before a crowd of 2,000 people consisting of ministers, government MPs, mayors and councillors, foreign diplomats, sportspeople and supporters, Jugnauth expressed his “happiness to see this project completed in such a short time [construction works started in October last year] despite its magnitude [the complex is set over 65 acres]”. For Jugnauth, this sports complex is a “feat” and “the first gold medal of Mauritius” even before the start of the IOIGs “for its quality and beauty.”

Absen’s engineer Carvin Yu, who had given on-site support to the whole project, also attracted the attention of the People of Mauritius on the inauguration day.

In addition to the four Absen LED displays installed, there is still 200sqm of LED displays to be installed in this whole project of the construction of the stadium.

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