The Commonwealth Youth Games is set to feature more than 1,000 athletes from 71 CGF countries and territories ©Getty Images

The Commonwealth Youth Games are set to make a return tomorrow in Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow with a carnival-style Opening Ceremony for more than 1,000 athletes aged between 14 and 18.

It is the first edition of the Youth Games being staged since 2017, when it was held in the Bahamas.

A total of 71 countries and territories are set to participate, with the Maldives the only absentee of the Commonwealth Games Federation's (CGF) members.

Tomorrow's Opening Ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, named after the former sprinter who became Trinidad and Tobago's first Olympic champion at Montreal 1976.

A live stream is planned to enable participants based in Tobago to take part in the event.

Organisers have promised the Ceremony will be a carnival-style celebration continuing the theme of the Emancipation Day celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday (August 1).

Trinidad and Tobago President Christine Kangaloo is expected to be in attendance.

Demonstrations of each of the sports on the programme are set to be delivered by Moko Jumbie characters, and Artists Freetown Collective are set to play out the Ceremony with the Games' official song Stay Ready.

Trinbago 2023 features the addition of track cycling, fast5 netball and triathlon, while Para athletics has also been added alongside the athletics programme at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

The Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain is set to host the Opening Ceremony as well as athletics and Para athletics at Trinbago 2023 ©Getty Images
The Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain is set to host the Opening Ceremony as well as athletics and Para athletics at Trinbago 2023 ©Getty Images

Road cycling also features along with swimming, beach volleyball and rugby sevens.

Beach soccer, boxing, judo and tennis featured at Bahamas 2017, but are not on the programme for this year's edition.

The Commonwealth Youth Games were originally scheduled for 2021 after Trinidad and Tobago stepped in to replace Northern Ireland's capital Belfast, which was stripped of the event due to political deadlock and a lack of funding.

However, the multi-sport event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Caribbean nation re-allocated hosting rights at last year's CGF General Assembly in Birmingham.

The cycling time trials are set to be the first medal event on Saturday (August 5), with competition taking place at the Brian Lara Stadium, which today held a men's Twenty20 cricket international between the West Indies and India.

Beach volleyball competition is also due to start on Saturday, followed by swimming, rugby sevens and triathlon on Sunday (August 6).

Athletics and Para athletics is scheduled to begin on Monday (August 7), when the cycling road races are also set to take place, followed by the start of track cycling and fast5 netball on Tuesday (August 8).

The Commonwealth Youth Games is set to conclude on August 11 with a Closing Ceremony at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park on Tobago.