Summer Olympic Games
Faster, Higher, Stronger. While many of the world’s leading athletes compete in various sporting events around the world, no other competition can touch the special luster of the Olympic Games. These Games brought back to life in 1896, representing the pinnacle of accomplishment that athletes and coaches strive for. From the spectacle of the opening ceremonies, to the colours of the Olympic Rings, the Olympic Games and the 52 sporting events under its title are in a class of their own. In 1976 in Montreal Canada, Carson Ebanks, Gerry Kirkconnell, and Peter Milburn became the first persons to represent the Cayman Islands at the Olympic Games in Sailing. Since that time CIOC has sponsored teams to compete in the 1984,1988,1992,1996,2000 and 2004 Games in the sports of Sailing, Athletics, Cycling and Swimming.
Winter Olympic Games
The Winter Olympic Games are a winter multi-sport event held every four years. They feature winter sports held on snow or ice, such as Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, bobsledding, and ice hockey.
Each National Olympic Committee (NOC), as with the Summer Olympics, enters athletes to compete against other NOC's athletes for gold, silver, and bronze medals. Fewer countries participate in the Winter Olympics than the Summer Olympics, due largely to the reduced availability of winter sports in many countries nearer to the Equator, and where access to winter sport training facilities are quite limited or non-existent. Also areas in which the Winter Olympics are usually held must be near a mountain range where it snows - for the Alpine skiing events. Outdoor natural snow is also a necessity for cross-country skiing.
The United States of America has hosted the Winter Games the most times, four, most recently in 2002. France has hosted the winter games three times, most recently in 1992. Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Japan, and Italy have all hosted the games twice. Canada will host for the second time in 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Germany and Yugoslavia have hosted the games once, and Russia is tentatively-planned to host the Winter Olympics for the first time in 2014. Three cities have hosted the Winter Games twice: St. Moritz, Switzerland; Innsbruck, Austria; and Lake Placid, New York, USA.
The Commonwealth Games is a multinational, multi-sport event held every four years; it involves the elite athletes of the 71 Commonwealth nations. Attendance at the Commonwealth Games is typically around 5000 athletes. The CIOC has sponsored teams to compete in the 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 Games in the sports of Boxing, Athletics, Cycling, Shooting, Karate, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, Sailing and Squash. Kareem Streete-Thompson made Cayman proud at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games by winning a Bronze medal in the men’s long jump.
The Pan Am Games are a multi-sport sporting festival held every four years between competitors from all 42 nations of the Americas. The CIOC has sponsored athletes to compete in the 1979, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 Games in the sports of Athletics, Cycling, Shooting, Karate, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, and Squash. Kareem Streete- Thompson won a silver medal in the Men's Long Jimp in Winnipeg in 1999 and Cydonie Mothersill won a silver medal in the Women's 200M in the Pan Am Games in the Dominican Republic. Shaune Fraser made Cayman proud at the 2007 Pan Am Games winning a silver medal in the 200M freestyle, Caymans first Pan Am swimming medal.
The CAC Games are the oldest continuing regional Games, starting in 1926. Only the Olympic Games have a longer continuous history. 32 nations from this region make up the 7000+ athletes that compete. The CIOC has sponsored teams in the 1986, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2002 and the 2006 Games in the sports of Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Football, Swimming, Taekwondo, Tennis, Karate, and Sailing. Cayman’s first medals were won at the 1993 Ponce CAC Games by Merta Day, silver in Taekwondo, Roberta Porter, a bronze in Taekwondo, and Ernest Barnes, a bronze in Boxing. Heather Roffey made Cayman proud by winning the first Gold medal at the 2002 CAC Games in San Salvador in the 200M Butterfly. Shaune Fraser won 3 medals in 2006 CAC Games in Cartagena, a Gold in the 200M Freestyle a new games record, and 2 silvers, one in 100M Freestyle the other in the 200M Individual Medley.
In or about 2000, Heads of Caribbean Governments determined that in order to further the development of Sport in the Caribbean, there is need for the Celebration of Games for Elite Athletes on a periodic basis. The Heads of Government also acknowledged that the Olympic movement is an essential vehicle if such games were to acquire appropriate recognition and accreditation.
Upon its establishment in 1999, one of the prime initiatives of the Caribbean Caucus of National Olympic Committees was the celebration of games for senior athletes and the adoption and expansion of the Carifta Games for Junior Athletes. When the Caucus was succeeded by CANOC in July 2003 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic it accepted the mandate to establish and administer the Caribbean Games.
The Caribbean Games will provide a platform to showcase elite Caribbean Athletes as a means of motivating young sportsmen and sportswomen to aspire to international standards and achievements. It is intended that the Games should expose Caribbean audiences to the Best of the Caribbean Athletes.
The Caribbean Games are sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are open to all members of CANOC. The Caribbean Games will be held quadrennially, in the year immediately following the Olympic Games. A maximum of 7 sports may be in competition among which must be 2 team sports to be chosen from football, basketball and volleyball. Non-core sports must be selected from among Olympic Sports disciplines.The events chosen for the 2009 Caribbean Games are Tennis, Track & Field, Boxing, Netball and Volleyball.
Qualifying standards are to be established in consultation with the international and regional federations.
Individual Sports have no age limit; while there will be an age limit to participants of Team Sports. Teams will be selected by their National Olympic Committees.
Competitors will be chosen from among elite athletes, not limited to those who competed at the preceding Olympic Summer Games.
At a Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development of CARICOM in October 2005 in Guyana, the Trinidad and Tobago Government confirmed that it would host the inaugural edition of the Games. The Games will be held from July 13th – 19th, 2009.The Caribbean Games is the most important sporting event in the region in 2009.
As this is the inaugural Games and a wholly Caribbean endeavor, with Trinidad & Tobago as host, CANOC is keen to present a memorable event.
The Friendly Games. The Island Games are games that invite only small island communities with populations of 120,000 or less. The games are held every other year, and now include 14 different sports and 25 Islands. The Cayman Islands first competed in Island Games in Gotland Sweden in 1999, taking Cayman’s largest multi-sport team of 150+ athletes and team officials placing 6th in the medal count. To date the Cayman Islands has competed in the 1999,2001,2003,2005 and 2007 Games taking up to 11 different sports. More than 600 athletes and team officials have participated in previous games bring home 121 medals from all 5 games combined.
More: www.islandgames.net COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES The Commonwealth Games Federation discussed the idea of a Millennium Commonwealth Youth Games in 1997. In 1998 the concept was agreed on for the purpose of providing a Commonwealth multi-sport event for young people. The Commonwealth Youth Games are a mini Commonwealth Games attracting the best young athletes in the Commonwealth to compete every 4 years.
The Inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 10th to 14th August 2000. The II Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Bendigo, Australia from 30th November to 3rd December 2004. The III Commonwealth Youth Games will be held in Pune from the 12th to 18th October 2008. Over 1,300 athletes aged 18 and under and 350 officials from 71 countries will participate in these games in 9 disciplines -Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
An independent multi sports event, the Youth Games are a run up and a trial event to the Commonwealth Games 2010 to be held in Delhi.
It is for the first time, that the Commonwealth Youth Games will be held in Asia – in 2008.
Pune is renowned for hosting several world class events, including India’s oldest Marathon. World class sports facilities, modern infrastructure, excellent connectivity by multiple means of transport and a rich cultural heritage coupled with salubrious climate, indeed vouch for Pune’s candidature as the host city for the III Commonwealth Youth Games 2008.
Apart from the athletes, team officials and games officials, there will be representatives from the National and International Federations along with the representatives of Print and Electronic media.
The most unique feature of these games is their venue, Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. It is unique as it is the first time that the competition venues of all disciplines and the athletes’ village will be housed in a single sports complex, located on 153 acres of land on the outskirts of Pune.
YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are planned to be an international multi-sport event held every four years in staggered summer and winter events complementing the current Olympic Games, and will feature athletes between the ages of 14 and 18.
The idea for such an event was envisioned in 2001 by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge. On July 6, 2007, IOC members at the 119th IOC session in Guatemala City approved the creation of a youth version of the Olympic Games.
The summer version will last at most twelve days, with the first edition taking place in mid-summer of 2010 in Singapore; the winter version will last a maximum of nine days, with the first edition taking place in early 2012. The IOC will allow a maximum of 3,500 athletes and 875 officials to participate at the summer games, while 970 athletes and 580 officials are expected at the winter games.
Several other Olympic events for youth, like the European Youth Olympic Festival held every other year with summer and winter versions, and the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, have proven successful; the Youth Games would most likely be modeled after these.