The documents for the hosting rights for the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG 2023) to be held in Trinidad and Tobago have been successfully signed.
After a whirlwind week of site visits and frank discussions with the Local Organising Committee on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, all parties agreed that while there are a few upgrades to be done, the sites are well chosen.
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) delegation led by Dame Louise Martin met with the Minister of Sport and Community Development (MSCD), Shamfa Cudjoe and the head of the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA) Diane Henderson.
Her team was taken on a tour of facilities on the twin island state, which is earmarked to host the approximately one thousand athletes and their additional support staff and fans for the games of August 2023.
Minister Shamfa Cudjoe says, “the government of Trinidad and Tobago is most happy that we were able to bid for and keep the games despite the postponing of the 2021 CYG due to the pandemic.”
Due to this postponement, the age limit of the games has been raised to 20 to allow for persons who may have taken part in 2021 an opportunity in 2023.
CGF President Dame Louise Martin DBE notes that “with under a year to go I see this CYG 2023 as an opportunity for all involved to play and experience the cultural richness of the Caribbean. This will be a life-changing moment for them.”
Sentiments that were echoed and further emphasized by TTCGA President Diane Henderson who reaffirmed that the CYG will, “change lives for the better and Trinidad and Tobago will be positively impacted through the engagement of sport and other activities with youth and young persons. In fact, CYG 2023 should inspire the empowerment and entrepreneurship of young people and others.”
The first Commonwealth Youth Games was held in Scotland in 2000 with the event subsequently going to Australia, India, Isle of Man, Samoa and most recently the Bahamas in 2017. This makes the Trinidad and Tobago edition the 7th iteration of this innovative and inspiring event.
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