LONDON: It was announced by the CYF (Commonwealth Youth Federation) that the upcoming Commonwealth Youth Games for 2021 will get postponed due rescheduling as the global coronavirus pandemic is taken over the world. Apart from this the Paralympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have also been postponed and will be held during the summer of 2021.
The 7th edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games were scheduled to take place from 1 August 2021 to 7 August 2021 in Trinidad and Tobago. It was declared by the federation in June 2019.
In a statement released by the Commonwealth Games Federation, they said, "The impact of the pandemic on the global international sporting calendar means that the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have now rescheduled to the summer of 2021 during the original dates of the Youth Games."
"Following positive discussions, the CGF has agreed to consider the best alternative options and time frames for staging the event in the future, potentially in 2023. The CGF has given the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA) consideration as the first option to host," it continued.
The statement also said that the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago Government, Samfa Cudjoe has agreed to ask the cabinet to reexamine the position and give the necessary confirmation regarding the expenditure and the organising of the youth games ceremony.
President of the CGF, Dame Louise Martin revealed, "The rescheduling of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has also changed demands on scheduling and resources for many of our Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) and International Federations from 2020 to 2021."
Talking about the ongoing pandemic, he said, "Covid-19 has had a devastating impact across the world and everyone’s absolute priority is the health and well being of their communities."