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The North, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) announced on Tuesday the suspension of the CARIFTA Games, probably the most important junior event on the global calendar, which this year was to be held in Bermuda, with the assistance of the best athletes of the Caribbean Islands.

The decision made by the NACAC Executive Committee was motivated, like other similar resolutions in global sport, by the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced billions of people into solitary confinement in the entire world, including athletes who remain locked up in their homes, unable to train.

According to the statement signed by NACAC President Mike Sands, the suspension measure does not imply the removal of the 49th edition venue to Bermuda, which “did nothing to lose the annual event, and therefore deserves the opportunity to fulfill its commitment, albeit a year later ”, and invites Guyana to continue organizing the fiftieth anniversary edition, which will now take place in 2022.

The decision took into account factors such as the impact that the pandemic will have on the plans and budget of the private sector and the Bermuda government this year and probably beyond, the uncertainty surrounding the resumption of air connections, the closure of schools, which also implies the impossibility of training for many athletes who depend on the sports facilities of their study houses, the delays in the exams that will determine the university entrance of the athletes, and the postponement and / or cancellation of various competitions by World Athletics, including the Junior World Championship.

The NACAC Executive decided that Mike Sands, in his capacity as president, should hold talks with the federation, the government and the Bermuda Olympic Committee (local representative of Panam Sports), as well as with the sponsors of the CARIFTA Games, to analyze together the possibility of rescheduling the event for Easter 2021.

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