The 2020 Carifta Games has been Postponed. The event was scheduled for April 10-13 in Bermuda.

In a release, North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC), “advised that following consultation with the Executive Board of NACAC and the leadership of the Bermuda National Athletics Association it has been mutually agreed to postpone the CARIFTA Games that were scheduled to take place in Hamilton, Bermuda April 10-13, 2020.”

“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 Organization 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.

Several sporting events have been cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading across the globe.

On Wednesday, President of the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) Donna Raynor said the event, set to attract more than 600 athletes from 27 Caribbean countries, should not be affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading across the globe.

Some countries, earlier this week, announced their decisions to pull out of the event.

“I have been advised that the Bermudian government has also announced a series of measures it is taking, with immediate effect, to protect its citizens.  As have the governments of many of our CARIFTA family members.

“Your NACAC Executive Board, in collaboration with the Bermuda National Athletics Association, will continue to monitor all future developments with the view of the Bermuda 2020 CARIFTA Games being placed back on the calendar at the earliest possible date shortly after an all-clear is given to resume normalcy.

“With this in mind, I urge you to maintain your athletes’ fitness level for this eventuality. You are also welcomed to make suggestions for alternative dates.

“In the meantime, I once again encourage you to please continue following the advisories from your respective health and governmental agencies in a collective effort to overcome this temporary setback,” concluded the release.

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By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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