Commonwealth Youth Games

The Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) is an international multi-sport event organized by the Commonwealth Games Federation. The games are held every four years with the current Commonwealth Games format. The first version was held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 10 to 14 August 2000. The age limitation of the athletes is 14 to 18.


The Commonwealth Games Federation discussed the idea of a Commonwealth Youth Games in 1997. In 1998 the concept was agreed on for the purpose of providing a Commonwealth multi-sport event for young people born in the calendar year 1986 or later.[1]

Edition of the gamesEdit

The first edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 10–14 August 2000. 15 countries contested 483 medals over 3 days of competition in 8 sports. A total of 773 athletes, 280 Technical Officials and around 500 volunteers participated in the event. Eight sports were contested. These included: Athletics, Fencing, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Tennis, Squash, Swimming and Weightlifting.[2]

The second edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games was held in Bendigo, Australia from 30 November to 4 December 2004, 22 countries participated and contested in 10 sports events spread over a period of 3 days, which included Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby 7’s, Tenpin Bowling, Swimming, Cycling, Gymnastics and Weightlifting.980 athletes and team officials were involved in the Games in Bendigo.[3]

The third edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games was held in Pune, India from the 12 to 18 October 2008. Over 1,220 athletes and 350 officials from 71 countries participated in these games, in 9 disciplines -Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling.[4]

The fourth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games was held in Isle of Man from 7–13 September 2011. 811 athletes from 64 commonwealth nations competed at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games.[5]

The fifth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games was held in Apia, the capital of Samoa. Samoa were the only bidders for the Games. Around 807 athletes from 65 nations and territories participated in the nine sports: aquatics, archery, athletics, boxing, lawn bowls, rugby sevens, squash, tennis and weightlifting.[6]

The sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games was held in Nassau, Bahamas. The games were held from 18 to 23 July 2017. 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.[7]

List of Commonwealth Youth GamesEdit

Host cities of the Commonwealth Youth Games
Edition Year Location Dates Nations Competitors Sports Events Top Nation
I 2000   Edinburgh, Scotland 10–14 August 15 773 8 112   England
II 2004   Bendigo, Australia 30 November–4 December 22 980 10 146   Australia
III 2008   Pune, India 12–18 October 71 1220 9 117   India
IV 2011   Isle of Man 7–13 September 63 804 7 112   England
V 2015   Apia, Samoa 5–11 September 63 926 9 107   Australia
VI 2017   Nassau, The Bahamas 18–23 July 65 1034 8 96   England
VII 2021   Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1–7 August TBD TBD 8 [8] TBD -


Medal tableEdit

An all-time Commonwealth Youth Games from 2000 Commonwealth Youth Games to 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, is tabulated below. The table is simply the consequence of the sum of the medal tables of the various editions of the Commonwealth Youth Games.[9]

1  Australia (AUS)171133112416
2  England (ENG)157135102394
3  South Africa (RSA)537080203
4  India (IND)513836125
5  New Zealand (NZL)404844132
6  Scotland (SCO)354275152
7  Malaysia (MAS)24181355
8  Nauru (NRU)192122
9  Wales (WAL)13343077
10  Singapore (SIN)12111639
11  Kenya (KEN)118221
12  Canada (CAN)9272965
13  Northern Ireland (NIR)9172046
14  Jamaica (JAM)64717
15  Nigeria (NGR)62311
16  Sri Lanka (SRI)47314
17  Samoa (SAM)461121
18  Uganda (UGA)38415
19  Cyprus (CYP)35614
20  Fiji (FIJ)3339
21  Guernsey (GUE)3003
22  Botswana (BOT)21710
23  Zambia (ZAM)2024
24  Rwanda (RWA)2013
25  Barbados (BAR)2002
26  Bahamas (BAH)121013
27  Jersey (JER)1225
28  Namibia (NAM)1102
29  Bangladesh (BAN)1023
  Papua New Guinea (PNG)1023
31  Bermuda (BER)1012
  Ghana (GHA)1012
33  Antigua and Barbuda (ATG)1001
34  Isle of Man (IOM)0415
35  Dominica (DMA)0213
36  Cook Islands (COK)0123
  Solomon Islands (SOL)0123
38  British Virgin Islands (IVB)0112
  Saint Lucia (LCA)0112
  Tonga (TGA)0112
41  Anguilla (AIA)0101
  Guyana (GUY)0101
  Mozambique (MOZ)0101
  The Gambia (GAM)0101
45  Mauritius (MRI)0033
46  Norfolk Island (NFK)0022
  Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI)0022
48  Grenada (GRN)0011
  Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN)0011
  Seychelles (SEY)0011
  Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)0011
Totals (51 nations)6526396451936

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Commonwealth Youth Games - About the Games". Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  2. ^ "Facts about the 2000 Commonwealth Youth Games at Edinburgh, Scotland" (PDF). Commonwealth Games Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-11-15.
  3. ^ "Commonwealth Youth Games - About the Games". Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  4. ^ "What is the Commonwealth Games, what Sport is their in the Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Games Asia". Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  5. ^ "Isle of Man Commonwealth Youth Games 2011". Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  6. ^ "Samoa Commonwealth Youth Games 2015". Samoa Commonwealth Youth Games 2015. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  7. ^ "Home - Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games 2017". Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-07-19. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  8. ^ "Sport Programme confirmed for Trinbago 2021". The Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  9. ^ "Commonwealth Youth Games". Retrieved 15 April 2017.

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