Jamaica at Carifta Games 2019
Jamaica at Carifta Games 2019

Carifta Games 2021 has a new date. The traditional Easter weekend is impossible because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday night, the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) decided at a Council meeting announced July 2 – 4 as the new date.

NACAC President Mike Sands, in a statement, explained:

“Time is running out, and the situation is not improving globally. The NACAC family, the Carifta family, is affected. We took a decision at Council level to do a survey with membership to determine the best course of action. There were several options for a date change, and we ultimately decided on July 2nd to 4th.

“I’m optimistic,” Sands continued, “but it’s cautious optimism.”
In a letter to Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) president Donna Raynor, Jan 21, NACAC general secretary Keith Joseph officially informed the host country of the decision to shift the Carifta dates.

“The NACAC Council, at its meeting of Thursday, January 21st 2021, unanimously approved the convening of the 49th edition of the annual Carifta Games in Bermuda during the period 2 – 4 July 2021, with arrival being on June 30th and departure on July 5th. The NACAC Council also approved the retention of the existing Carifta Games programme of events as well as team quotas.”
Covid-19 had forced the cancellation of the 2020 Carifta Games, in Bermuda. The BNAA, however, remained committed to the Games and was preparing to host the 2021 edition between April 3 and 5. Covid, though, remains a challenge, forcing the postponement of the three-day meet.
Raynor said she is pleased with the decision to postpone Carifta 2021.

“We created a position paper in which we stated that our preference was moving the Games to a later date. That first weekend in July is a good weekend for us. It fits in well with our calendar and our school system. School is out in July. It’s the perfect weekend, and the weather will be great in July, not as cold as in April.

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