The Commonwealth Youth Games are some weeks away, but that still makes it a little tight to get to the Isle of Man for many of the far flung contestants.
The 2011 Games is a week-long event with 7 sports in the program; athletics, swimming, rugby, badminton and boxing plus three cycling competitions and gymnastics.
While only 15 countries attended the first Youth Games in Edinburgh in 2000, more than 1,000 athletes from 69 Commonwealth nations are expected this year, including teams from the Falkland Islands, St. Helena and Gibraltar.
The Isle of Man is a Crown Dependency of the British Islands boasting its own Independent Parliament which has existed for over 1000 years and a population of a little over 80,000. It sits in the Irish Sea and is famous for its beaches and the annual TT races.
Island Chief Minister Brown said, ” As one of the smaller nations in the Commonwealth the Isle of Man is very proud to have been invited to host the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011. The Island has a unique and long history in the world of sport and we aim to provide a superb festival of sport, which combines competition at the highest level with a friendly Manx welcome.”
The 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games opening ceremony is on September 8th and the games go on until the 12th.