The seventh edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games begins this Friday, August 4 in Trinidad and Tobago with the Opening Ceremony in Hasely Crawford Stadium.

This Friday, athletes from 71 countries will kick-off the Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games during the Opening Ceremony that will feature the sights and sounds of the Caribbean.

These long-awaited Games were originally scheduled to take place in 2021 but were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Two years later, the young athletes representing the Commonwealth are ready to test their strength and endurance at the seventh edition of the Games taking place from August 4-11. 

The Opening Ceremony will take place on August 4 in Hasely Crawford Stadium with a carnival-style celebration featuring performances by the Kiddies Carnival Kings and Queens together with a youth steel pan side. The celebration will continue the festival of Emancipation Day taking place on August 1 and showcase the history of the Caribbean island. The ceremony will conclude with a performance by Freetown Collective and their Official Song of the Games called “Stay Ready”. 

The President of Trinidad and Tobago Christine Kangaloo and the Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin will also welcome the athletes to officially start the Games. 

Trinbago 2023 will showcase more than 1,000 athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 competing in seven sports including athletics, beach volleyball, cycling, netball (Fast5), rugby sevens, swimming and triathlon. Para-Athletics will also be included in the Games for the first time in history. 

Of the 71 nations competing at the Games, 14 will be representing the Americas during the competitions including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as well as the Host Nation of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Panam Sports congratules all of the athletes who qualified to compete in Trinidad and Tobago and can’t wait to watch their performances at Trinbago 2023!