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Big year for Commonwealth sport
Monday, 10 January 2011
2011 promises to be a big year for the Commonwealth Games movement with the Isle of Man conducting the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games and the decision on what city will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games set for November.
The Isle of Man will welcome the youth of the Commonwealth from September 7 to 13, with all 71 countries and territories indicating that they will send athletes to compete in a program that takes in seven sports.
Athletes born in 1994 and 1995 will contest the track and field events. Athletes born between 1993 and 1997 will take part in badminton.
Men’s Boxing is also on the program, as is road cycling for both men and women, all for those born in 1993 or 1994.
Gymnastics will provide the youngest athletes. Men must be aged between 14-18 while women will be aged between 13 and 15.
Swimming will be a popular sport as always, with the competition adopting FINAs limits for its World Junior competitions – ages 15 to18 for men and 14 to 17 for women.
Rugby Sevens rounds out the program, with athletes from 16 to 18 eligible to compete.
The decision as to who will host the Commonwealth Games in 2018 will take place in St Kitts & Nevis on November 11, when members of the consisting of representatives of all 71 member nations and territories will vote to award the Games to either the Gold Coast in Australia or the Sri Lankan city of Hambantota.