•Kenya last participated at the Youth Commonwealth Games in 2015 in Samoa where it emerged fourth in the world and jetted back with seven medals.
•The games were to be held last year but due to the Covid19 -pandemic were postponed to this year.
The 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games are scheduled to take place in Trinidad and Tobago from August 4-11
The sevens-day championship will feature athletes ranging from 14-18 years of age.
The festival will take place in two clusters, one in Couva, Trinidad and the other in 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 games will feature seven disciplines including aquatics, athletics, cycling, netball, rugby Sevens (both boys and girls), triathlon and beach volleyball.
The games were to be held last year but were postponed to next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin spoke of excitement as the games returned.
“We are delighted to confirm the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games programme featuring much-anticipated debuts for Fast-5 Netball and triathlon. It promises to be a thrilling and competitive event and exceptional showcasing of the Caribbean and Commonwealth Sport” added Martin.
He added: “It's an invaluable springboard for the stars and leaders of tomorrow. The games will be a truly special and inspiring experience for young athletes from across the Commonwealth countries.”
Kenya last participated at the Youth Commonwealth Games in 2015 in Samoa, where they emerged fourth with seven medals.
During the 2015 games, Willy Tarbei (1:46:05) and Kumari Taki (3:39:80) set a games record in the men's 800m and 1500m respectively while Tokyo Olympian Sheila Chelangat won bronze in girls' 10,000m.
"Just as the experience both at the Africa Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia and in Samoa gave a good foundation ahead of the Rio Games, we hope this will prepare our youth for the 2026 Commonwealth Games in Victoria," said Martin.
The inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2000 with the second edition taking place in Bendigo, Australia in 2004. The third edition was held in Pune, India in 2008 with the fourth edition taking place in Isle on Man in September 2011.