The Sport Programme for Trinbago 2021 has now been confirmed with eight exciting sports set to feature at the Commonwealth Youth Games next year.
Trinidad and Tobago were awarded the right to stage the seventh edition of the Games by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in June last year with the competition set to take place from 1-7 August 2021.
The eight sports that will feature at the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games are:
Aquatics (Swimming) – male and female
Athletics – male and female
Boxing – male and female
Cycling (Road Race, Time Trial and Track) – male and female
Fast5 Netball – female
Rugby Sevens – male and female
Tennis – male and female
Beach Volleyball – male and female
The Sport Programme for Trinbago 2021 was confirmed at a meeting of the CGF Sports Committee in London.
CGF President Dame Louise Martin said: “I am delighted that the Sports Programme for Trinbago 2021 has now been confirmed and that we have a truly competitive event for the young athletes of the Commonwealth.
“I would like to thank the Trinbago 2021 team and the CGF Sports Committee for their commitment to delivering a top-quality multi-sport event.
“The inspirational approach that Trinidad and Tobago have taken in their planning for the Commonwealth Youth Games is to be commended and we hope this continues as we enter the crucial planning stage for the event.
“Through hard work and commitment, Trinidad and Tobago have the potential to deliver a spectacular competition that will showcase the very best of the Caribbean.”
Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA) President Brian Lewis said: “Hosting the Commonwealth Youth Games is a significant occasion in the history of Trinidad and Tobago sport.
“The confirmation of eight sports at this time is an important milestone. We have proposed two other sports and are optimistic that they can be added.”
One of the highlights of Trinbago 2021 is set to be Fast5 Netball – an exciting variation of Netball that features shortened games and goals worth multiple points.
International Netball Federation (INF) President Liz Nicholl CBE said: “The introduction of Fast5 netball at the Commonwealth Youth Games, 2021 is a very exciting development for our sport.
“Fast5 is a dynamic and innovative adaptation of netball that encourages risk taking and rewards different styles of play. The format is faster and television friendly. Introduced in 2012 Fast5 has already raised the sport’s profile, attracted new spectators and sponsorship, all of which are key priorities for the INF.
“The Commonwealth Youth Games will become a highlight in the international netball calendar as it provides an invaluable opportunity for our young women and girls to experience international competition in a multi-sport format.
“The INF is continuously working with its members to grow the sport, improve the game and empower women and girls around the world and the introduction of Fast5 Netball in Trinidad & Tobago is a significant step change for our sport.”