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The Bahamas are expected to be officially awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games this week ©Getty Images

2021 Commonwealth Youth Games

Officially confirming the Bahamas as the host of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games is expected to be the main item when the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Executive Board holds a two-day meeting starting here tomorrow.

The a coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean is the only candidate following the withdrawal of St Lucia last September because they did not believe they were ready to host the event.

This was largely due to doubts over venues and financial concerns, particularly over the lack of a stadium to host athletics.

CGF President Louise Martin travelled to Bahamas' capital Nassau earlier this month to inspect the country's bid and is believed to be positive about it.

Martin was accompanied by Rachel Simon, the CGF's ccordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Games.

One of the key selling points for the Bahamas is the 15,000-seater Thomas A Robinson Stadium in Nassau, which has hosted the first two editions of the 2014 and 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays.

The Stadium is named after the late Bahamas sprinter Tom Robinson, who competed for Bahamas in three Commonwealth Games.

He won a total of four medals, including the silver medal in the 100 yards on three consecutive occasions, at Cardiff in 1958, Perth in 1962 and Kingston in 1966.

Robinson's only gold medal came at Cardiff in 1958 when he won the 220y.

Bahamas Olympic Committee President Wellington Miller is currently travelling here to outline further the country's plans if they are awarded the Games.

“I’m hoping that the news will be very good, considering that I have to travel so far,” Miller told the tribune242.com.

“I’m very confident that we will get the nomination because we did a very good job selling the Bahamas to Mrs Martin and Mrs Simon when they came here for the site inspection.

"We left them spell bound during their visit.

"Grafton Ifill did a fantastic job in leading the [Bid] Committee that did all of the necessary work.

"We have to give him a lot of credit for the job that he did.

“I’m hoping that when I come back, I will bring some good news with me."

Bahamas would be the sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games, a biennial event.

Developing the Commonwealth Youth Games, a competition for youngsters aged 14 to 18, was a key message in Martin's manifesto last September when she defeated Prince Tunku Imran at the CGF Assembly in Auckland to become the organisation's first female President.

She played a leading role in the first edition of the Games in Edinburgh in 2000 when 733 athletes from 16 countries competed in eight sports.

The last edition of the Games took place last year in Samoa's capital Apia.

Nearly 1,000 athletes from 63 countries participated in nine sports.

Bahamas, though, were one of eight countries who did not compete due to an outbreak of dengue and chikungunya, leaving officials fearful the team could be put at risk.

The CGF Executive Board could also discuss the 2021 Commonwealth Games, which Northern Ireland is bidding for.

GIbraltar have also indicated they could be interested if Northern Ireland withdraw.

This Executive Board meeting already marks a milestone for Gibraltar, an Overseas British Territory, as it is the first time they have ever held such an event.

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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray | colomurray@gmail.com

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.

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