Trinidad and Tobago to host the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games
Trinidad and Tobago is set to host the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2021.
T&T was selected to host on Friday, following the Commonwealth Games Federation's decision to remove Belfast as host last year due to the political strife in Northern Ireland.
The Commonwealth Games Federation's Executive Board voted for the country to host following an outstanding presentation led by Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association President Brian Lewis.
"This is awesome and historic," he said. "On behalf of the youth and young people of Trinidad and Tobago, thank you to the Commonwealth Games Federation. It's an honour to be entrusted with the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games.
On the announcement, CGF President Dame Louise Martin said, "We are delighted to award Trinidad and Tobago the opportunity to host the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games. We had a very strong bid process and the Board felt at this point in time, the Caribbean offers a fantastic platform for the Commonwealth Sports Movement to build upon.
"We look forward to working closely with Trinidad and Tobago in the lead up to the Games in what we are confident will be a fantastic event for the aspiring young athletes of the Commonwealth.
The seventh edition of the competition will run from August 1 to 7, 2021.
The first Commonwealth Youth Games was held in Scotland in 2000 with the event subsequently going to Australia, India, Isle of Man, Samoa and, most recently, the Bahamas in 2017.