The host of the next Commonwealth Youth Games, in 2017, will be The Bahamas, the Commonwealth Games Federation has announced.
It is the first time in over 50 years that a Commonwealth Games event has been held in the Caribbean, the last being in 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Youth Games aims to unite 1000 young athletes aged 14-18 in a Caribbean carnival of impactful competition, personal development and new Commonwealth friendships.
“It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce that the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Games Federation has unanimously voted to award the upcoming edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games to the Bahamas,” said Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE, speaking after announcement of the decision.
“The Commonwealth Youth Games are a unique and empowering opportunity to celebrate and engage young people on the level playing field of sport. I congratulate and commend the Bahamas Bid Committee for their passion, commitment and expertise and look forward to helping realise their dream of an impactful and inspiring Games for the Bahamas, the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.”
The sixth edition of the Games - now just over 500 days away - will take place from 19-23 July 2017 in the capital of The Bahamas, Nassau.
The Bahamas is a former host of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 1985 and the Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in 2015.