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The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games was the sixth edition of the
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which started in 2000. The games were held from 19 to 23 July 2017 64 nations participated at the games. The Bahamas 2017 was the largest international sporting event ever to be hosted in The Bahamas, and the largest-ever edition of the Youth Games, with up to 1300 athletes. During the opening ceremony the
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declared the games officially open.


Host selection

They were planned to be held in
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Castries
, the capital of
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Saint Lucia
, but Saint Lucia withdrew in 2015, citing financial difficulties. Canada and Scotland both offered to host the games if no other nation was willing to bid. In 2016,
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Nassau, Bahamas
was selected to host the 2017 edition.


The Games

It was the second edition of the Youth Games to be held on a Small Island Developing State, following the hugely successful Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in September 2015. It was also be the first Commonwealth Games event to be held in the
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for over 50 years, with Commonwealth athletes last participating in the
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in
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,
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Jamaica
. The Games were coordinated by the Bahamas Commonwealth Games Association and the Bahamas' Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. The sports contested at the Bahamas 2017 were
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,
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, Beach Soccer,
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,
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(Road),
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,
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,
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and
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. It was the first time Judo, Beach Soccer and Beach Volleyball have been presented at a Commonwealth Youth Games. * Athletics – Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium * Beach Soccer – Bahamas Football Association National Stadium * Beach Volleyball - Queen Elizabeth Sports Center * Boxing & Judo – Sir Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium * Cycling – Streets of New Providence * Rugby Sevens – Old Thomas A. Robinson Stadium * Swimming – Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex * Tennis – National Tennis Center


Participating nations

There were 64 participating nations at the Games. The following countries did not send any athletes: Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, Seychelles and Swaziland. The number of athletes a nation entered is in parentheses beside the name of the country. * * * * (host nation) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


Sports

The 2017 Games featured 9 sports and introduced 3 new sports, Beach Soccer, Judo and Beach Volleyball whilst dropping Archery, Lawn Bowls, Olympic weightlifting, Weightlifting, and Squash (sport), Squash. Cycling will also make a return during these Games. * * * * * * * * *


Schedule


Medal table


References


External links


Official website

Official Website
(archived) {{Commonwealth Youth Games years 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, Bahamas and the Commonwealth of Nations Commonwealth Youth Games, 2017 2017 in multi-sport events, Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 in youth sport, Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 in the Bahamas, Commonwealth Youth Games International sports competitions hosted by the Bahamas