This year’s CARIFTA Games which had been scheduled for April 10-13 in Bermuda, are set to be postponed until 2021,
The North American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) confirmed that the event would not be held this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Organisers had initially hoped to reschedule the CARIFTA Games for later this year, but the NACAC Executive decided that this would not be possible owing to the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
While Bermuda will now get the opportunity to host the 49th edition of the junior track and field meet in 2021, Guyana which was set to host the 50th anniversary edition of the Games in 2021, will be asked to stage the event in 2022.
Bermuda Sports Minister Lovitta Foggo has already declared her support for delaying the Games to next year.
“In 2021 we will be ready and prepared to host a spectacular CARIFTA Games, and we very much look forward to joining the Bermuda National Athletics Association and the rest of the island in celebrating our talented young athletes,” Foggo said.
The CARIFTA Games, designed to enhance relations between the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, regularly attract a star-studded field.