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Commonwealth Youth Games inside $35M budget - Shamfa
T&T's Sanaa Frederick, second from left, and her team-mates Sol Frederick, left, Trevaughn Stewart, and Jamario Russell won the bronze medal in the 4x100 metres mixed relay event in 42.77 seconds with Nigeria winning the gold in a new record time of 42.68 seconds and England second in 42.71 seconds iat the Commonwealth Youth Games at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Thursday. It was Frederick's second medal of the Games having secured a bronze in the women's 100 metres final.

Commonwealth Youth Games inside $35M budget - Shamfa

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The Commonwealth Youth Games did not cross its $35 Million budget, says Sports Minister Shamfa Cudjoe. She was at the time fielding questions from the media during the final news conference for the CYG at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park on Friday.

Cudjoe said "We gave the T&T Commonwealth Games Association (T&TCGA) the full request, they requested $35 million and for this fiscal year we allocated $30 million and we have $5 million for the next fiscal year since the games are happening at the end of the fiscal year we expect that some of the bills will go into next year hence the reason we kept that $5 million. so far the Commonwealth Game Association hasn't used up its full $30 million yet." Cudjoe said the TTCGA should submit the remainder of its bills by the end of the month.

She said, "The TTCGA has operated within budget and there is another $5 million to come in the next fiscal year for whatever is left over."

Cudjoe added that the Hasely Crawford Stadium was refurbished not as part of the CYG but to promote athletics in T&T and to host other games and Carifta in 2025.

Meanwhile, Farley Augustine, the Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly said the island is richer and better for the CYG. He said a beach sports arena was created for the games at Black Rock and it is the first and only of its kind in the region.

On Thursday, T&T's contingent closed out the six-day programme with four medals Makaira Wallace won a silver and bronze medal, and Syndel Samaroo, a bronze as the duo combined to add three medals and the quartet of Sanaa Frederick, Trevaughn Stewart, Sol Frederick and Jamario Russell, earned T&T's lone medal on the track.

The host ended with 15 medals (4 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze) for an impressive seventh place on the medal table which saw 26 of the 70 countries that participated record medals.

T&T's swimmer Nikoli Blackman won three of the four gold medals when he won the men's 50m, 100m and 200 metres freestyle events.

The 18-year-old Blackman who leaves for the University of Tennessee next week signed off from the CYG in his last meet on local soil by winning the 50 metres event in a time of 22.36 seconds to lead a Caribbean sweep of the event with Bahamian Marvin Johnson Jr, taking silver in 22.54, and 18-year-old Wilson, who also heads off to the University of Alabama, third in 22.95.

All four gold medals came from swimming with Zarek Wilson winning the 100m butterfly contest on Tuesday in a new games record time of 53.70 seconds which bettered the 2017 mark of 53.87 set in the Bahamas by Lewis Fraser of Wales.

T&T final CYG 2023 medal count


Nikoli Blackman (swimming): men's 200m freestyle

Nikoli Blackman (swimming): men's 100m freestyle

Zarek Wilson (swimming): men's 100m butterfly

Nikoli Blackman (swimming): men's 50m freestyle


Janae De Gannes (athletics): women's long jump

Zarek Wilson (swimming): men's 50m backstroke

Syndel Samaroo (cycling): men's Match Sprint

Jaidi James (athletics): men's high jump

Makaira Wallace (cycling): women's keirin


Sanaa Frederick (athletics): women's 100m

Danell James (cycling) men's Match Sprint

Zarek Wilson (swimming): men's 50m freestyle

Makaira Wallace (cycling): women's 500m Time Trial

Syndel Samaroo (cycling): men's keirin

Sanaa Frederick, Trevaughn Stewart, Sole Frederick, Jamario Rusell (athletics): 4x100 metres Mixed Relay



2. England*16*20*10*46

3. Scotland*12*11*5*28

4. South Africa*6*6*7*19

5. Kenya*5*4*0*9

6. Nigeria*5*2*0*7

7. T&T*4*5*6*14

8. Northern Ireland*4*2*2*8

9. Wales*3*6*6*15

10. Cayman Islands*2*1*3*6

11. Canada*2*1*0*3

12. Jamaica*2*0*2*4

13. Jersey*1*2*2*5

13. Malaysia*1*2*2*5

15. Guyana*1*1*1*3

16. New Zealand*0*3*6*9

17. Bahamas*0*2*2*4

17. India*0*2*2*4

19. Fiji*0*1*2*3

19. Uganda*0*1*2*3

21. Sri Lanka*0*1*1*2

22. Barbados*0*0*2*2

22. Isle of Man*0*0*2*2

22. St Lucia*0*0*2*2

22. Namibia*0*0*2*2

26. Antigua & Barbuda*0*0*1*1

26. Cyprus*0*0*1*1

26. Grenada*0*0*1*1

Commonwealth Youth Games inside $35M budget - Shamfa
Shamfa Cudjoe, the Minister of Sports and Community Development and Farley Augustine, the Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly during the news conference to close the 2023 Commonwealth Games at the Pigeon Point, Heritage Park, Tobago