100 day countdown to Samoa 2015

100 DAYS TO GOIn just 100 days, up to 1000 young Commonwealth athletes aged 14-18, including four athletes from Team Ghana will compete for 107 Gold Medals in 9 sports over 5 days at the Vth Commonwealth Youth Games, to be held on the Pacific island nation of Samoa from 5-11 September 2015.

The Commonwealth Youth Games are for some – like Kirani James (Athletics), Chad le Clos (Aquatics) and Jessica Ennis-Hill (Athletics) - the springboard to future Commonwealth Games glory; for many, a formative first taste of international multi-sport competition; and for all, a joyous celebration of high-performance sport, personal development and new Commonwealth friendships made on the level playing field of sport.

The action takes place in the nation’s capital, Apia, across two sporting complexes that will play host to Aquatics (Swimming), Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Tennis and Weightlifting.

Like the Commonwealth Games, all athletes stay in athletes’ village-style accommodation and events comply with International Federation technical rules and regulations, giving many competitors their first taste of an international multi-sport environment. World anti-doping standards also apply. Off the field of play, the Youth Games nurtures the next generation of global sporting citizens by focusing on friendship, integrity and cross-Commonwealth inter-cultural exchange – learning and living the Commonwealth Games Federation’s values of Humanity, Equality, Destiny.

Team Ghana’s Chef de Mission and Deputy Secretary General of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Rev. Richmond Quarcoo said:

“We’re excited to be part of this great celebration. We see this competition as a good preparatory ground for our young upcoming athletes to gain much needed international exposure and also mix up with other cultures.

“For us at the Ghana Olympic Committee, this will be another great step following our success at the African Youth Games and the Youth Olympics last year where 800m runner Martha Bissah won Ghana’s first Olympic gold medal in any discipline at any level of sports.”

The host nation, Samoa, which means Sacred (Sa’) Centre (Moa) of the Universe, is a small, tropical island nation in the Central Pacific with a young population of c187,000, over half of whom are 25 and under.

Chairman of the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games Organising Committee, and Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi said:

“Practically our entire small island community from sports associations and athletes, to the public and private sector, to our citizens and communities have all banded together to prepare to welcome and host Commonwealth athletes, officials, dignitaries, supporters and visitors in 100 days time.

Samoa is a Small Island Developing State in the Central Pacific and sport and recreation is a hugely important part of our island life and culture. With this close affinity to and appreciation of sports and its rewards and benefits, our island nation and community stands ready and eager to extend to all athletes and visitors a very warm welcome and to ensure that the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games will not just be the most memorable but a lasting legacy for all”.

Launched in 2000 and now in its 5th edition, the Youth Games are a sustainable opportunity for smaller cities and nations to benefit from hosting a major sporting event, using predominantly pre-existing venues (in Samoa’s case constructed for the 2007 Pacific Games) whilst also promoting an inclusive and positive youth agenda.

With 50% of Commonwealth citizens aged 25 and under, the Youth Games play a vital part in the Commonwealth Games Federation’s vision to inspire Commonwealth athletes to drive the ambition and power of all Commonwealth citizens through sport.




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  • Each nation and territory is guaranteed a minimum of four athletes (two male/two female) and up to 1000 young athletes participate, supported by 250 team officials.


  • Previous Commonwealth Youth Games medallists include 16-year olds Kirani James and Chad le Clos in Pune 2008 (India); an 18-year old Jessica Ennis at the Bendigo 2004 Games (Australia); and a 15 year old Beth Tweddle at the inaugural Games in Edinburgh (Scotland) in 2000. Athletes are aged between 14 and 18 years old: for Samoa, participants will have been born between 1997 and 2001.


  • 2015 has been designated by the Commonwealth Secretariat as the Year of Young Commonwealth, and just before the Games, from 1-3 September, the Pacific Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting and Youth Leaders Forum will take place on the island – bringing together politicians and young leaders from across the Pacific Region to focus on local and global youth development opportunities.