CARIFTA Games postponed amid COVID-19 concerns
The CARIFTA Games is the latest in a number of events to be postponed, as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues its assault on the Caribbean.
In a statement, President of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC), Mike Sands, said the decision was made following consultation with the Executive Board and the leadership of the Bermuda National Athletics Association.
“This decision was not taken lightly but in the best interest of all stakeholders against the backdrop of the rapidly evolving situation with regard to the COVID-19 across the globe and supported by the World Health Organisation declaring a global pandemic, which has led several countries, regardless of size, political ideology or wealth, to close their borders, cease travel and stop mass gatherings,” he said.
Mr Sands said NACAC will continue to monitor developments as it relates to the fast-spreading virus, so the CARIFTA games can be rescheduled at the earliest possible time after an all-clear has been given.
He said: “With this in mind I urge you to maintain your athletes' fitness level for this eventuality. You are also encouraged to make suggestions for alternative dates.”
The NACAC President urged all athletes to follow advisories from their respective health and governmental agencies, in a collective effort to overcome what he described as a temporary setback.
The 2020 CARIFTA Games were originally scheduled for April 10 to 13 and would have been held in Hamilton, Bermuda.