THE COUNTDOWN to the Commonwealth Youth Games has started – it’s fewer than 200 days until the 71 nations arrive in the island to compete in the games.
David Cretney MHK, Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure, said: ‘Excitement is building as we get closer to the Games and I can’t wait to give a warm Manx welcome to guests from 71 Commonwealth nations.
‘I am delighted with how plans are progressing and I know we will deliver a great Games to make the island proud.’
The Commonwealth Youth Games is in its fourth year and the games will take place from September 7 to 13.
It will be the biggest multi-sport event ever to take place in the Isle of Man with 10,000 athletes competing in seven different sporting events, the events are athletics, swimming, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics and rugby.
Games director Geoff Karran MBE said: ‘We are now at the sharp end of the planning process. All venues are in place and will be ready for the start of the games on September 7. The Bowl Stadium is right on schedule and will be completed in May ready for the Manx Youth Games. This will give us a great opportunity to identify any last minute improvements before the Commonwealth Youth Games begin. We also have the go ahead to extend the Ellan Vannin Gymnastics Club, which will greatly improve the boys’ gymnastics event.’
Michael Fennell, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said: ‘I am sure that visiting athletes and officials will have a memorable time in the Isle of Man thanks to the work and support of both the government and population.’