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Minister Sets Target For 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games 17 November 2008

Minister for Tourism and Leisure, Hon Martyn Quayle, MHK recently addressed the Closing Ceremony of the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India and extended a cordial invitation to the Youth of the Commonwealth to attend the 2011 Games in the Isle of Man.

The closing ceremony, which was shown live to millions of people in India via a special television link and available to Commonwealth Nations, took place on Saturday 18th October, at the Balewadi Stadium, before a crowd approaching 20,000 and athletes and officials from all 71 Commonwealth Nations. It was a glittering, spectacular evening featuring top Bollywood stars including Shilpa Shetty.

In delivering what was generally regarded by the teams as the evening’s best speech the Minister included a short greeting in Hindi which was much appreciated by his Indian hosts. Reverting to English as the language of the Games, Minister Quayle thanked all involved for organising an excellent Games and for the kind hospitality extended to everyone; and he expressed thanks to the Commonwealth Games Federation, and its President, the Hon. Michael Fennell, OJ CD, for their confidence in awarding the 2011 Games to the Isle of Man.

On behalf of the Isle of Man, local CGA President, Mrs Juliet Holt and Minister Quayle accepted the Quaich, a silver drinking vessel from Scotland, which is the Games symbol, before the Minister promised the Federation a “Games which will be focused on the Athletes”.

Before extending his formal invitation to the Youth of the Commonwealth, the Minister set a key target for the 2011 Organising Committee chaired by Mr Geoff Karran that “every team member from the 71 Nations of the Commonwealth should arrive as a guest and leave as a friend”.

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