St Lucia out, Scotland could step in to host 2017 CYG
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (CMC)
Scotland has signalled its interest in stepping in to host the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG), following St Lucia's decision on Wednesday to pull out.
The Caribbean country said it could no longer take on the commitment in light of financial challenges and the inability to get the stadium ready in time for the event.
Paul Bush, chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS), said they would seriously consider taking up the responsibility.
"We note the withdrawal of St Lucia as hosts of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games and, along with a number of other countries, we have agreed to consider hosting the event," he said.
"CGS will now work with Scottish partners to evaluate the options over the coming weeks."
Scotland successfully hosted the senior Commonwealth Games last year.
canada indicates interest
Canada, the venue for the recent Pan American Games, has also indicated an interest in hosting the showpiece which caters to athletes under 18 years old.
The Commonwealth Games Federation said it had asked for other 'expressions of interest'.
"The [CGF Executive] Board, met earlier this morning and decided to put this to the meeting, but also give the other members who would like to offer to host the Youth Games in 2017, a chance," outgoing CGF President Prince Imran indicated.
Despite St Lucia's pull out, the CGF said it would continue to partner with authorities in Castries, to help the country in its delivery of future competitions.
"We are obviously disappointed to hear St Lucia has taken the difficult decision to withdraw its commitment to host the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games," CGF chief executive, David Grevemberg said.
"Whilst appreciating the economic and environmental challenges they face as a small island nation, we will continue to work closely with the Commonwealth Games Association of St Lucia and their Government partners, to support and ultimately realise their ambitions, to deliver a positive and lasting legacy for the young people of their island, the Caribbean and the Commonwealth."
The 2015 Youth Games get under way tomorrow in Samoa.