The first Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2000 where 733 Athletes from 14 countries competed in 8 sports over 3 days. The second edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games took place in Bendigo, Australia in December 2004 and saw over 1000 athletes and officials from 22 countries in a 10 sport programme. The third Youth Games were held in the Indian city of Pune from 12 - 18 October 2008 where 71 nations and territories
participated in 9 sports.
A decision was taken by the Commonwealth Games Federation at their General Assembly in 2005 to move the Youth Games outside of the Olympic Games year and in doing so awarded the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games to the Isle of Man. A decision was taken at the General Assembly in 2008 to award the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games to Samoa and also to subsequently adjust the quadrennial cycle, so that future events will take place in 2017, 2021 and so on.
All competitors in the Commonwealth Youth Games will be a minimum of 14 and maximum of 18 in the year of competition (i.e, their 18th birthday is during the calendar year in which the Games is held) and a maximum number of 1000 competitors are invited to participate from every Commonwealth Games Association.
Facts and Figures
Year Host Country Participating Countries Sports Events Contested Athletes
2000 Edinburgh, Scotland 15 8 112 773
2004 Bendigo, Australia 22 10 146 980
2008 Pune, India 71 9 117 1220
2011 Isle of Man 63 7 112 804
2015 Samoa 8
The Quaich is a commemorative symbol of the Commonwealth Youth Games and was the initiative of the Organisers of the inaugural Games in Scotland 2000. Donated by the City of Edinburgh, the Quaich is a two handed silver cup sitting 13cm high and 18cm wide with a rich heritage in Scotland, that is passed on from one host to the next at the Closing Ceremony.
At the Closing Ceremony of the Pune 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games the Quaich was handed over to Juliet Holt the President of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association before a 12000 strong audience. The Minister of the Department of Tourism and Leisure in the Isle of Man Government Mr Martyn Quayle addressed the crowd inviting all members of the Commonwealth to come to the Island in September 2011.
On the 12th September 2011 at the closing Ceremony in the Isle of Man, the Quaich was duly handed over to Tapasu Leung Wei, the President of the Samoa Commonwealth Games Association. Samoa will host the Youth Games in 2015.