Samoa is honoured to have been chosen to host the Fifth Edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games in early September 2015. It takes this honour seriously. Practically our entire small island community from sports associations and athletes, to the national government, the business and commercial sector, to ordinary citizens, have all banded together to prepare to welcome and host all visiting athletes, officials, dignitaries, supporters and travelers and to stage what we intend to be a most memorable and fun event celebrating not just the vitality and aspirations of young people in the Commonwealth but also our common humanity and values of equality, tolerance and respect for one another.
Samoa is a small island developing State in the Central Pacific that was the first in the region to gain political independence in January 1962. Its rich culture and history goes back much further, to more than 2,000 years ago as indicated by archaeological research. A central feature of this Samoan culture is its warm and friendly hospitality, as our ancestors had shown the pioneering European explorers of the 18th century, the early missionaries of the 19th century and the waves of touring visitors and sports men and women of the more modern era. We look forward to extending the same warmth, hospitality and friendliness to all guests and visitors for the Samoa CYG-2015.
Sports and games are important aspects of our island life and culture. Samoans are natural sportsmen and women, although we have a population of just over 187,000, Samoa produces and nurtures more than its fair share of top class athletes who pursue their passion here on the island and many, many more around the world.
With this close affinity to and appreciation of sports and its rewards and benefits, our island nation and community stands ready and eager to extend to all athletes and visitors a very warm welcome and to ensuring that the Samoa Commonwealth Youth Games 2015 will not just be the most memorable but a lasting legacy for all.
Soifua ma ia manuia,
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Prime Minister and Chairman of the Organising Committee.