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.

History

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 Trinidad and Tobago between 1 and 7 August 2021. However, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was further postponed due to scheduling conflicts with the 2022 Commonwealth Games.[8] It was then held from 4 to 11 August 2023.

List of Commonwealth Youth Games

Commonwealth Youth Games is located in Earth
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 Trinidad and Tobago 4–11 August 68 1000 7 93[9]  Australia

Sports

Medal table

An all-time Commonwealth Youth Games from 2000 Commonwealth Youth Games to 2023 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]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Australia (AUS)198150133481
2 England (ENG)173157112442
3 South Africa (RSA)607687223
4 India (IND)514039130
5 Scotland (SCO)465380179
6 New Zealand (NZL)405150141
7 Malaysia (MAS)26232069
8 Nauru (NRU)192122
9 Wales (WAL)16403692
10 Kenya (KEN)1612230
11 Northern Ireland (NIR)13192254
12 Singapore (SIN)12111639
13 Nigeria (NGR)124319
14 Canada (CAN)11282968
15 Jamaica (JAM)84921
16 Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)67821
17 Sri Lanka (SRI)48416
18 Samoa (SAM)461121
19 Uganda (UGA)39618
20 Cyprus (CYP)35715
21 Fiji (FIJ)34512
22 Guernsey (GUE)3003
23 Jersey (JER)24410
24 Guyana (GUY)2215
25 Botswana (BOT)21710
26 Cayman Islands (CAY)2136
27 Barbados (BAR)2024
 Zambia (ZAM)2024
29 Rwanda (RWA)2013
30 Bahamas (BAH)141217
31 Namibia (NAM)1124
32 Bangladesh (BAN)1023
 Papua New Guinea (PNG)1023
34 Antigua and Barbuda (ATG)1012
 Bermuda (BER)1012
 Ghana (GHA)1012
37 Isle of Man (IOM)0437
38 Dominica (DMA)0213
39 Saint Lucia (LCA)0134
40 Cook Islands (COK)0123
 Solomon Islands (SOL)0123
42 British Virgin Islands (IVB)0112
 Tonga (TGA)0112
44 Anguilla (AIA)0101
 Mozambique (MOZ)0101
 The Gambia (GAM)0101
47 Mauritius (MRI)0033
48 Grenada (GRN)0022
 Norfolk Island (NFK)0022
 Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI)0022
51 Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN)0011
 Seychelles (SEY)0011
Totals (52 entries)7487367452229

See also

References

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