In just 100 days, up to 1000 young Commonwealth athletes
aged 14-18 will represent their country and compete for 107 Gold Medals in 9
sports over 5 days at the Vth Commonwealth Youth Games, taking place on the
Pacific island nation of Samoa from 5-11 September 2015.
The Commonwealth Youth Games are for some – like Kirani
James (Athletics), Chad le Clos (Aquatics) and Jessica Ennis-Hill (Athletics) -
the springboard to future Commonwealth Games glory; for many, a formative first
taste of international multi-sport competition; and for all, a joyous
celebration of high-performance sport, personal development and new
Commonwealth friendships made on the level playing field of sport.
The action takes place in the nation’s capital, Apia,
across two sporting complexes that will play host to Aquatics (Swimming),
Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Tennis and
Like the Commonwealth Games, all athletes stay in athletes’
village-style accommodation and events comply with the relevant IF’s technical
rules and regulations, giving many competitors their first taste of an
international multi-sport Games. World anti-doping standards also apply. Off
the field of play, the Youth Games nurtures new sporting global citizens by
focusing on friendship, integrity and cross-Commonwealth inter-cultural
exchange – learning and living the Commonwealth Games Federation’s values of
Humanity, Equality, Destiny.
HRH Prince Imran, Commonwealth Games Federation President,
said: “After the inspiring success of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last
year, our attention as a Commonwealth Sporting Movement turns to the next
generation of sporting talent, as up to 1000 aspiring young athletes prepare to
represent their country on the great sporting island of Samoa.”
“We look forward to a week of impactful sporting
competition, personal development and international friendship as part of a
joyful event that, from the very first Youth Games in 2000, has celebrated the
potential and achievements of our finest, young Commonwealth athletes. I wish
all the athletes and teams well with their preparations and look forward to
cheering them on in Samoa in 100 days time.”
The host nation, Samoa, which means Sacred (Sa’) Centre
(Moa) of the Universe, is a small, tropical island nation in the Central
Pacific with a young population of c187,000, over half of whom are 25 and
Chairman of the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games
Organising Committee, and Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele
Malielegaoi said: “Practically our entire small island community from sports
associations and athletes, to the public and private sector, to our citizens
and communities have all banded together to prepare to welcome and host
Commonwealth athletes, officials, dignitaries, supporters and visitors in 100
days time. Samoa is a Small Island Developing State in the Central Pacific and
sport and recreation is a hugely important part of our island life and culture.
With this close affinity to and appreciation of sports and its rewards and
benefits, our island nation and community stands ready and eager to extend to
all athletes and visitors a very warm welcome and to ensure that the Samoa 2015
Commonwealth Youth Games will not just be the most memorable but a lasting
legacy for all.”
Launched in 2000 and now in its 5th edition, the Youth
Games are a sustainable opportunity for smaller cities and nations to benefit
from hosting a major sporting event, using predominantly pre-existing venues
(in Samoa’s case constructed for the 2007 Pacific Games) whilst also promoting
an inclusive and positive youth agenda.
With 50% of Commonwealth citizens aged 25 and under, the
Youth Games play a vital part in the Commonwealth Games Federation’s vision to
inspire Commonwealth athletes to drive the ambition and power of all
Commonwealth citizens through sport.
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