NACAC President, Mike Sands, and General Secretary, Keith Joseph, will pay an official visit to Jamaica 14 – 16 October 2021 in an efforts to avert the postponement of year another edition of the annual Carifta Games, last held in 2019 in the Cayman Islands.
According to Sands, “we were blind-sided by the news coming out of Guyana that it will no longer host the Games in 2022. The Organising Committee had been working diligently in the planning process, meeting weekly for several months. Suddenly, there was a cessation of communication and then the news of the member federation’s withdrawal.”
Jamaica, which has hosted several editions of the Carifta Games, was approached by NACAC and immediately, discussions began in earnest.
During the planned visit, the NACAC leadership is expected to meet with the JAAA’s Executive, the planning committee and the Minister of Sport.
NACAC is very conscious of the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Carifta family and understands the economic challenges that are involved in attempting to host the Games in the current environment. Nonetheless, the leadership is committed to hosting the event and all around the region, athletes and their member federations are eager to have the event in 2022.
The annual Carifta Games is world renowned for being the world’s most exciting and entertaining track and field competition for junior athletes anywhere in the world.
Many of the outstanding athletes of the Carifta Games have gone on to become medallists at the Olympic Games and World Championships.