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100-Day count down to 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games
- Updated: May 27, 2015
Thursday, 28 May marks the 100 days-to-go milestone before the opening ceremony of the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa. The Games will take place in the capital city of Apia from 5-12 September.
Once again Team South Africa will fly the nation’s sports flag at these games and have representation in six of the nine sporting codes which include: Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby 7’s, Tennis and Swimming.
Competitions will take place at two main venues, Apia Park and the Faleata Sports Complex.
Chef de Mission for Team South Africa, Clifford Cobers said: ”It’s a very exciting time for us as the Games draw nearer. The team is close to being announced and I’m sure Team South Africa are going to do very well again. Apart from the sports activities, the fact that these games are being held in the remote nation of Samoa, offers our athletes the opportunity to visit a country not often visited by South Africans. I’m sure they’ll be all the richer for this experience.’
At the last Commonwealth Youth Games hosted by the Isle of Man, Team South Africa ended third on the medals table with 30 medals (eight of which were gold).
South Africa also competed at the 2009 CYG in Pune, India and it was at these games that a young swimmer Chad le Clos first started turning heads with his talent. He has since gone on to win gold and silver medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Said SASCOC CEO, Mr Tubby Reddy: ‘The Commonwealth Youth Games, just like the Youth Olympic Games, are an extremely important part of South African sport. It’s at events like these that the stars of the future really start rising to the surface. I have no doubt that this will again be the case in Apia and am looking forward to this event.’
SASCOC President, Gideon Sam added: “Young people like challenges and the Youth Commonwealth Games in Apia will be the perfect platform for many athletes to announce their arrival on the sporting scene. Young people from across the Commonwealth territories will be in Apia with the same intentions and our athletes will get to see where they stand in the world of sport in the Commonwealth. Who knows, many of our athletes may cross roads with these athletes from other countries in the next Commonwealth Games especially the Games of 2022 in our own country.”