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2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games was the sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games which started in 2000. The games were held from 19 to 23 July 2017 [1] 64 nations participated at the games. The Bahamas 2017 was 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. During the opening ceremony the Prime Minister of the Bahamas Hubert Minnis declared the games officially open.[2]

Sixth Commonwealth Youth Games
2017 Commonwealth Youth Games logo.png
Host city Nassau, Bahamas
Nations participating 64
Athletes participating 1034
Events 96
Opening ceremony 18 July 2017
Closing ceremony 23 July 2017
Officially opened by Hubert Minnis
Queen's Baton Final Runner Unknown
Main venue Thomas Robinson Stadium
Website http://www.bahamas2017cyg.org/
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Host selectionEdit

They were planned to be held in Castries, the capital of Saint Lucia, but Saint Lucia withdrew in 2015, citing financial difficulties. Canada and Scotland both offered to host the games if no other nation was willing to bid.[3][4]

In 2016, Nassau, Bahamas was selected to host the 2017 edition.

The gamesEdit

It was 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 2015. 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.

The games were coordinated by the Bahamas Commonwealth Games Association and the Bahamas' Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. The sports contested at the Bahamas 2017 were Athletics, Swimming, Beach Soccer, Boxing, Cycling (Road), Judo, Rugby Sevens, Tennis and Beach Volleyball. It was the first time Judo, Beach Soccer and Beach Volleyball have been presented at a Commonwealth Youth Games.[5]

Participating nationsEdit

There were 64 participating nations at the games. The following countries did not send any athletes: Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, Seychelles and Swaziland. The number of athletes a nation entered is in parentheses beside the name of the country.[6]

SportsEdit

The 2017 Games will feature 9 sports and will introduce 3 new sports, Beach Soccer, Judo and Beach Volleyball whilst dropping Archery, Lawn Bowls, Weightlifting, and Squash. Cycling will also make a return during these games.

ScheduleEdit

OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony
July 18
Tue
19
Wed
20
Thu
21
Fri
22
Sat
23
Sun
Events
Ceremonies OC CC
  Athletics 7 5 8 9 29
  Beach Soccer 2 2
  Beach Volleyball 2 2
  Boxing 11 11
  Cycling 2 2 4
  Judo 8 8
  Rugby sevens 2 2
  Swimming 9 9 9 8 35
  Tennis 3 3
Total events 8 11 16 16 20 25 96
Cumulative total 8 19 35 51 71 96
July 18
Tue
19
Wed
20
Thu
21
Fri
22
Sat
23
Sun
Events

Medal tableEdit

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   England 23 16 12 51
2   Australia 14 14 11 39
3   New Zealand 8 14 9 31
4   Scotland 8 6 7 21
5   South Africa 8 3 7 18
6   Singapore 7 4 6 17
7   India 4 1 6 11
8   Kenya 3 1 0 4
9   Canada 2 7 9 18
10   Wales 2 6 5 13
11   Northern Ireland 2 5 5 12
12   Jamaica 2 3 4 9
13   Trinidad and Tobago 2 2 1 5
14   Saint Lucia 2 0 0 2
  Zambia 2 0 0 2
16   Bahamas 1 2 10 13
17   Bermuda 1 0 1 2
  Samoa 1 0 1 2
19   Antigua and Barbuda 1 0 0 1
  Guernsey 1 0 0 1
  Uganda 1 0 0 1
22   Cyprus 0 4 2 6
23   Sri Lanka 0 2 0 2
24   British Virgin Islands 0 1 1 2
25   Dominica 0 1 0 1
  Guyana 0 1 0 1
  Isle of Man 0 1 0 1
  Mozambique 0 1 0 1
29   Botswana 0 0 3 3
30   Fiji 0 0 2 2
31   Grenada 0 0 1 1
  Namibia 0 0 1 1
  Rwanda 0 0 1 1
  Tanzania 0 0 1 1
  Turks and Caicos Islands 0 0 1 1
Total 95 95 107 105
  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ unknown. "Bahamas 2017". Commonwealth Games England website. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Morgan, Liam (18 July 2017). "Queen sends message of support as 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games open with fun-filled Ceremony". Insidethegames.biz. Dunsar Media. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "St Lucia to host 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games". insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Mackay, Duncan (2 September 2015). "St. Lucia withdraws as host of 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games". St. Lucia News Online. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Commonwealth Games Federation - Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games". thecgf.com. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  6. ^ Morgan, Liam (17 July 2017). "Key Bahamas 2017 sponsor provides cash injection on eve of Commonwealth Youth Games". Insidethegames.biz. Dunsar Media. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 

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