Bahamas only contender bidding to replace St. Lucia as host of 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

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Bahamas only contender bidding to replace St. Lucia as host of 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games
Action in track and field at the 2008 Commonweath Youth Games in Pune., India.
Action in track and field at the 2008 Commonweath Youth Games in Pune., India.
Action in track and field at the 2008 Commonweath Youth Games in Pune., India. * Photo credit: scottishathletics.co.uk

INSIDE THE GAMES – Bahamas is the only contender bidding to replace fellow Caribbean island St Lucia as host of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, it will be announced later today.

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin is set to announce Bahamas as the only nation to formally express interest in hosting the event at a Sports Breakfast in Malta she is co-hosting with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat during a Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting on the Mediterranean Island.

Northern Ireland will also be announced as the only bidder for the 2021 edition, as had already been widely mooted, with a final decision to be made on both Games at a CGF Executive Board meeting in January,

St Lucia, awarded the 2017 event in November 2011, decided they were not in a fit state to bring the Games to the Carribbean in two years’ time due to doubts over venues and financial concerns, particularly over the lack of a stadium to host athletics.

Bahamas will have no such problem, and is likely to build its bid around the 15,000-seater Thomas A Robinson stadium in capital city Nassau, which has hosted the first two editions of the 2014 and 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays.

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  1. Kenny knows that he needs to borrow more money again to pay for the next round of the SLP's jobs-for-votes programme that he calls STEP.

    The IMF just showed that he cannot find more borrowed funds easily, except at higher interest rates, to indirectly pay for his re-election, and still fund the games at the same time. It figures. Did you know?

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    • Hospitality cost on a personal level but more on an international level to host an event. But it does give the host country a beautiful afterglow when your guest express gratitude for the effort you have made for them to feel welcomed. For the athletes attending, for some, it’s a once in a life time experience to represent your country, to meet like minded youngsters from the Commonwealth, to make friends and to compete. I empathize with you!

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  2. Just like Kenny we doh want dat. Nobody really travels in this crISIS climate. The athletes have no time to talk up the countries they have visited, only their individual sports. The net benefit to Saint Lucia is nought.

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