London, May 2: With another setback in the world of sports due to the pandemic, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) declared that the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games will be 'potentially' held in 2023.
The decision to reschedule the Games came after the dates of the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were clashing with the original dates of the Youth Games 2021 which was supposed to kick-start from 1-7 August 2021. However, the postponed dates of the Olympics are from 23 July to 8 August 2021.
"The impact of the pandemic on the global international sporting calendar means that the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have now rescheduled to the summer of 2021 during the original dates of the Youth Games. Following positive discussions, the CGF has agreed to consider the best alternative options and timeframes for staging the event in the future, potentially in 2023," an official statement said.
"The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Executive Board has decided to explore rescheduling options for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games. The seventh Commonwealth Youth Games were scheduled to take place from 1-7 August 2021 after Trinidad and Tobago was awarded the competition by the CGF in June last year, " it further added.
Following the announcement the CGF gave the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA) consideration as the first option to host.
Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has committed to asking the Cabinet to re-examine its position and provide the necessary confirmation regarding the hosting of the Commonwealth Youth Games and the related expenditure.
CGF President Dame Louise Martin said, “The rescheduling of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has also changed demands on scheduling and resources for many of our Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) and International Federations from 2020 to 2021.COVID-19 has had a devastating impact across the world and everyone’s absolute priority is the health and wellbeing of their communities.”
“Our decision has been made in the best interests of athletes, fans and citizens that are to benefit from these transformational Games. We are committed over the coming months to look at future dates and hosting options, to ensure the right decision is taken for the Commonwealth Youth Games, so that the region can continue to play a leading role as part of the Commonwealth Sports Movement.”