The Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) is an international multi-sport event organized by the Commonwealth Games Federation. The games were held in the years, mid-way between when the Commonwealth Games are held, until 2008. They continued to be held every four years, but in the year after the Commonwealth Games are held, from 2011 to 2015. Since 2017, they've been held in the year before the Commonwealth Games are held. The first edition was held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 10–14 August 2000. The age limitation of the athletes is from 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 1986 or later.[1]

Editions of the games

The first edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 10 to 14 August 2000. Fifteen countries contested 483 medals over three days of competition in eight 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 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 to 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 from 5 to 11 September 2015, 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]

The seventh edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games was scheduled to be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago between 1 and 7 August 2021. However, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] It will now be held from 4 to 11 August 2023.

List of Commonwealth Youth Games

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Host cities of the Commonwealth Youth Games
Edition Year Location Dates Nations Competitors Sports Events Top Nation
I 2000 Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland 10–14 August 15 773 8 112  England
II 2004 Australia Bendigo, Australia 30 November–4 December 22 980 10 146  Australia
III 2008 India Pune, India 12–18 October 71 1220 9 117  India
IV 2011 Isle of Man Douglas, Isle of Man 7–13 September 63 804 7 112  England
V 2015 Samoa Apia, Samoa 5–11 September 63 926 9 107  Australia
VI 2017 The Bahamas Nassau, The Bahamas 18–23 July 65 1034 8 96  England
VII 2023 Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 4–11 August 74 TBD 7 TBD [9] TBD


Medal table

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.[10]

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 entries)6526396451936

See also


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  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. ^ "Commonwealth Youth Games To Be Rescheduled". The Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Sport Programme confirmed for Trinbago 2021". The Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  10. ^ "Commonwealth Youth Games". Retrieved 15 April 2017.