Repair works at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo in preparation for this country’s country hosting of the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) to be held from August 4 to 11 is set to begin following the conclusion of the 2023 carnival celebrations on February 21, 2023.
This was stated in a Ministry of Sport and Community Development press release to the media yesterday.
The release stated: The Ministry of Sport and Community Development, the Sport Company of T&T, and the Urban Development Company of T&T met once again to further develop plans for hosting both sports activities and cultural events at the sporting facilities under the Ministry’s remit as athletes, national governing bodies, and members of the cultural fraternity continue to be accommodated at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and Jean Pierre Complex until the end of Carnival 2023.
The release added: Construction works are carded to take place at many sporting facilities across the nation.
While works are in progress at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago, the procurement process is well on the way for the Ato Boldon Stadium (Couva), and the scope of works is being confirmed for the Mannie Ramjohn (Marabella) and Larry Gomes (Malabar) stadia, and Skinner Park is scheduled to be completed and delivered before the end of January.
During this quarter of the fiscal year, the Hasely Crawford Stadium will be given priority since the athletics component of the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) 2023 will be held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium later this year.
According to the press release: With refurbishment works scheduled to begin at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the MSCD, SporTT, and UdecoTT continue to meet with stakeholders to finalise plans for hosting both sports and cultural activities until construction works intensify at the end of February.
Health, safety, and security remain the utmost priority to protect all users of the facilities, and stakeholders must agree to comply with all health and safety requirements and protocols, which may result in increased costs and logistical challenges for some organisers.
A meeting will be held with sports and cultural stakeholders on January 17, to further finalise plans and discuss health, safety, and security protocols for the utilisation of the sporting facilities where both sporting activities and cultural events are facilitated and accommodated until the end of Carnival 2023.
Thereafter, no activities and events would be accommodated at the Hasely Crawford Stadium to facilitate construction works that must be completed in time for hosting the Commonwealth Youth Games 2023.
The Ministry of Sport and Community Development is committed to supporting sports and cultural activities and remains dedicated to the development of these disciplines in the pursuit of national growth.
Last September, the chairman of the organising committee Ephraim Serrette noted that the budget for the event to be hosted both in Trinidad and Tobago will surpass $35 million.
In addition to Serrette, the vice president of the TTCGA, the local committee which will also comprise secretary general Annette Knott, TTCGA overseeing the CGA Relations, Gabre Jesu Mc Tair, deputy permanent secretary (Ag.) of the Ministry of Sport and Community Development (MSCD) while Kairon Serrette, head of partnerships and alliances, Sport Company of T&T (SporTT) will both lead the government’s representation, and president of the TTCGA, Diane Henderson on the five-member board.
The government has already committed a financial support of $35 million but we already know that the hosting of the event will now cost more than that figure and we will be going after the support of the corporate sector of T&T to come on board with us.
This is going to be a really big event for us and I think that with the continued support of the sitting general secretary, and the immediate past president of the T&T Olympic Committee Brian Lewis, we are in a very good place for the event to be a success.
For the CYG 2023, three sporting disciplines will be hosted in Trinidad and four sporting disciplines in Tobago.
Athletics, Swimming and Cycling are scheduled to take place in Trinidad, while Rugby, Netball, Beach Volleyball, and Triathlon events are scheduled to take place in Tobago, with netball being the lone single-gender event for girls.
In Trinidad, the National Aquatic Centre, and the National Cycling Velodrome, both situated in Balmain, Couva, will be used for swimming, and cycling respectively, while track and field have been shifted from the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago to the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, Trinidad.
According to chairman of the organising committee Ephraim Serrette, the switch of venues for athletics was due mainly to the Mucurapo having a greater capacity and is easily accessible to more people given the location in the capital.
Over in Tobago, at Pigeon Point Beach, the sport of beach volleyball is carded to be contested, while the triathlon events will be held in Buccoo. It is not confirmed which venues will be used for rugby and netball.
Beach volleyball will include 12 women’s and 12 men’s teams, fast5 netball will have eight women’s teams and the rugby sevens will comprise six men’s and six women’s teams.
It is expected that more than 1,000 athletes from 72 countries between the ages of 14-18 will participate in the games.