Trinidad and Tobago has been confirmed as the host for next year's rearranged Commonwealth Youth Games at the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly here, following the postponement of the seventh edition in 2021.
The Caribbean country was initially awarded hosting rights for the Commonwealth Youth Games in June 2019, after Northern Ireland's capital Belfast was stripped of the event due to political deadlock.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic and reshuffling of the sporting calendar led to the 2021 edition being postponed.
It was reported in 2020 that Trinidad and Tobago would be given the first option to host any rearranged Commonwealth Youth Games, and this was rubber-stamped today.
The CGF signed an agreement with the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) and the country's Government at the General Assembly held prior to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Details on the dates and sports programme for the Commonwealth Youth Games are to be revealed in the coming weeks.
CGF President Dame Louise Martin believes that Trinidad and Tobago will prove a worthy host.
"We are absolutely delighted that Trinidad and Tobago will be hosting the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games," Dame Louise said.
"It was heart-breaking for us when we needed to postpone the 2021 event due to the pandemic, however we never gave up on our commitment of bringing the event to Trinidad and Tobago.
"It will be an amazing event in the twin island country that will showcase the very best of the Caribbean and Commonwealth sport."