Triathlon has been included in the programme of the Commonwealth Youth Games 2023 to be held in Trinidad and Tobago, World Triathlon announced on Thursday.
Scheduled to go down from 4-11 August 2023, the Games will feature athletes from all Commonwealth countries aged 14-18.
Triathlon will make its debut in the Commonwealth Youth Games, with medal events for men and women. The other sports included in the programme are Aquatics (swimming), Athletics, Cycling, Fast5 Netball, Rugby Sevens and Beach Volleyball. The competition will take place in two clusters, one in Couva, Trinidad and the other Tobago, to bring a diverse perspective of the twin island country to the nations of the Commonwealth, as well as showcase a festival of the country’s activities.
The first edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games took place in Edinburgh in 2000, and Trinidad and Tobago will be the 7th edition of the event.
Triathlon is one of the core sports at the Commonwealth Games, with Flora Duffy (BER) and Alex Yee (GBR) being the last crowned champions, while England is the current champion of the Mixed Relay. Para triathlon was included in the programme in the Gold Coast 2018 Games and has been consistently included since then.
“We are delighted with the news of our sport being included in the Commonwealth Youth Games, it will bring many opportunities for the countries to develop the sport even further, investing in the young athletes that will be the rising stars in the near future”, said World Triathlon President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado.
CGF President Dame Louise Martin said: “We are delighted to confirm the Sport Programme for the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games, featuring much-anticipated debuts in the Youth Games for the dynamic and innovative FAST5 Netball and Triathlon. It promises to be a thrilling and competitive Games.
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