From 19-23 July 2017, young athletes from 71 nations and territories will experience a Caribbean carnival of Commonwealth connections as the Opening Ceremony of the sixth Commonwealth Youth Games bursts into life.
Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games will be the largest international sporting event ever to be hosted in The Bahamas, and the largest-ever edition of the Youth Games, with up to 1300 athletes aged 14-18 set to make the most of an inspiring and immersive mix of impactful sporting competition, personal development and new Commonwealth friendships.
Coordinated by the Bahamas Commonwealth Games Association and the Bahamas’ Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the nation’s first-ever international multi-sport event will see 94 medals contested across Athletics, Aquatics (Swimming), Beach Soccer, Boxing, Cycling (Road), Judo, Rugby Sevens, Tennis and (subject to final confirmation) Beach Volleyball. It will be the first time Judo, Beach Soccer and Beach Volleyball have been presented at a Commonwealth Youth Games.
Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE said:
"It will be a unique and empowering opportunity to celebrate and engage young people on the level playing field of sport, and we all look forward to experiencing Bahamas 2017 next year”.
Bahamas Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Perry Christie MP said:
“We fully expect that these Commonwealth Youth Games will be the best yet”.
Commonwealth Youth Games Local Organising Committee Chairman Wellington Miller said:
“In the world of the twenty-first century, our best future is all about positive connections between people, and one powerful experience that these sixth Commonwealth Youth Games can provide is to establish powerful, positive and lasting connections between this great number of young sports leaders coming together in Nassau for this historic occasion”.
As part of the Federation’s commitment to partner and support peaceful, sustainable and prosperous Commonwealth communities, it will be the second edition of the Youth Games to be held on a Small Island Developing State, following the hugely successful Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in September last year.
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It will also be the first Commonwealth Games event to be held in the Caribbean for over 50 years, with Commonwealth athletes last participating in the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.
Almost all events will be held in the same sporting precinct, the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, which includes the world-class 15,000-seat Thomas A Robinson stadium, host to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Athletics.
The sporting action will also reach out to the communities and streets of the island, with the Cycling competition to be held on the streets of New Providence.
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