The sports program for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games has been confirmed, with eight sports set to feature at the games. The Sport Programme for Trinbago 2021 was confirmed at a meeting of the CGF Sports Committee in London.
The eight sports that will feature at the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games are: Aquatics (Swimming), Athletics (Track and Field), Boxing, Cycling (Road and Track), Netball (Fast5), Rugby Sevens, Tennis, and Beach Volleyball.
Aquatics, Athletics, and Boxing will continue their reign as “core” sports, having appeared at every Commonwealth Youth Games so far. Rugby Sevens and Tennis will make their fifth appearance at the games, while Cycling will make it’s fourth.
Cycling will see the addition of a new discipline to the Commonwealth Youth Games however. Track Cycling, is set to appear for the first time after Trinidad and Tobago have seen success in the sport over the last few years. The hosts will hope to impress the world further with a quick group of youngsters.
Much like the Commonwealth Games, the Commonwealth Youth Games will see the second appearance of Beach Volleyball. Beach Volleyball was first played at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017, before it made it’s debut at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. Beach Volleyball is seen as a smashing success for the commonwealth sports movement.
The infamously commonwealth dominated sport of Netball will make its first appearance at the games in the “Fast5” format. Fast5 is an innovative take on Netball similar to some of the modifications seen in other “youth” or “urban” sports on the Youth Olympic program. It aims to make the game more exciting for players and spectators alike. It also encourages greater overall skill in the sport.
International Netball Federation 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.”
CGF President Dame Louise Martin commented on the announcement, saying “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. 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 were awarded the right to stage the seventh edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in June last year after Northern Ireland withdrew from hosting the event. Competition at Trinbago 2021 is set to take place from 1-7 August 2021.