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19th - 23rd July 2017

About Bahamas 2017

The sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games will be held in the Bahamas from 18-23 July 2017, the first time a Commonwealth Games event will have been held in the Caribbean for over 50 years. The Youth Games will be held in the capital Nassau, venue for the prestigious World Relay Championships in athletics in 2014 and 2015.

The Opening Ceremony will take place on 18 July and will be followed by five days of competition from 19-23 July. A cultural week is scheduled to run alongside the competition to allow athletes to mix with their peers from around the Commonwealth and learn about other cultures.

The sports programme will see Judo make its Youth Games debut, as well as a return for Cycling, last held in 2011.

About the Youth Games

The Commonwealth Youth Games concept was created by Scotland to give athletes under 18 years of age an international multi-sport Games experience. It aims to bridge the gap between young athletes competing in their own sports specific events and the often challenging first experience of a senior multi-sport Games.

Commonwealth Games gold medallists such as boxer Charlie Flynn, swimmer Hannah Miley and gymnast Daniel Keatings all had their introduction to a multi-sport Games at the Commonwealth Youth Games. International stars such as Olympic Swimming champion Jodie Henry of Australia, Olympic Heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill of England and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya of South Africa also competed in the Commonwealth Youth Games.

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