2015 Commonwealth Youth Games

The 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games was the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games which started in 2000. They were held in Apia, the capital of Samoa. Samoa were the only bidders for the Games.[3]

Fifth Commonwealth Youth Game
Host cityApia[1]
Nations participating63
Athletes participating836
Events9 (Athletics, Boxing, Lawn bowls, Rugby 7's (men), Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Weightlifting)
Opening ceremonySeptember 5th, 2015
Closing ceremonySeptember 11th 2015
Officially opened byTufuga Efi[2]
Main venueApia Park
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All events took place in the capital city, Apia. The opening and closing ceremonies were held in Apia Park, which also hosted the athletics, rugby and tennis competitions. All other events (boxing, swimming, squash, weightlifting and lawn bowls) were hosted in the Faleata Sports Complex.[1]

About a thousand athletes from 63 nations and territories participated in the nine sports: aquatics, archery, athletics, boxing, lawn bowls, rugby sevens, squash, tennis and weightlifting.[4] Sierra Leone's delegation of seven athletes were prevented from taking part, as the Samoan government refused to grant them visas, citing fears over the spread of ebola. The Commonwealth Games Federation appealed unsuccessfully to Samoan Prime Minister Sailele Malielegaoi to reverse that decision, but also rejected Ghana's request that Samoa be subjected to sanctions as a result.[5]

Sports

The 2015 programme featured nine sports, two more than the previous Games and matching that of the 2008 edition.[6][7] Of the sports on the 2011 programme, badminton, cycling and gymnastics were dropped.

Medal table

As of September 11, 2015 (information from official website)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Australia (AUS)24191962
2 South Africa (RSA)1371535
3 England (ENG)12161644
4 Malaysia (MAS)113317
5 India (IND)94619
6 New Zealand (NZL)79521
7 Nigeria (NGR)62311
8 Northern Ireland (NIR)44412
9 Kenya (KEN)4307
 Scotland (SCO)4307
11 Jamaica (JAM)4116
12 Samoa (SAM)24612
13 Fiji (FIJ)2215
14 Botswana (BOT)2013
15 Wales (WAL)1539
16 Cameroon (CMR)1023
 Papua New Guinea (PNG)1023
18 Bangladesh (BAN)1012
19 Barbados (BAR)1001
 Ghana (GHA)1001
 Guernsey (GGY)1001
22 Sri Lanka (SRI)0426
23 Uganda (UGA)0224
24 Pakistan (PAK)0202
25 Anguilla (AIA)0101
 Canada (CAN)0101
 Cayman Islands (CAY)0101
 Cook Islands (COK)0101
 Dominica (DMA)0101
 Isle of Man (IOM)0101
 Namibia (NAM)0101
 Tonga (TGA)0101
33 Mauritius (MRI)0022
 Norfolk Island (NFK)0022
35 Cyprus (CYP)0011
 Guyana (GUY)0011
 Saint Lucia (LCA)0011
 Seychelles (SEY)0011
 Solomon Islands (SOL)0011
 Zambia (ZAM)0011
Totals (40 nations)11198102311

References

  1. "Samoa to host 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games", Fiji Daily Post, November 25, 2008
  2. "Opening gets mass park". samoaobserver.ws. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  3. "Samoa Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee". SportingPulse. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
  4. "Entertaining Opening Ceremony brings curtain up on Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games", Inside the Games, 5 September 2015
  5. "Commonwealth Games Federation refuse to punish Samoa after Sierra Leone banned from Apia 2015 over Ebola", Inside the Games, 2 September 2015
  6. Sports. SamoaCYG2015. Retrieved on 2015-09-07.
  7. Samoa Commonwealth Youth Games 2015 Overall Competition Schedule v2. SamoaCYG2015. Retrieved on 2015-09-07.
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