(CMR) The 2021 Carifta Games have been moved to July from their traditional Easter weekend due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The 49th edition of the regional junior track and field championships was to take place from April 3-5, but will now be staged from 2-4 July in Bermuda, the North American, Central American, and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) has announced.
President of NACAC Mike Sands said based on a survey with members, a decision was made to change the date for the championship, World Athletics reported.
Sands said, “I’m optimistic, but it’s cautious optimism. Obviously, what eventually happens will be dictated by the turn of events. But I’m confident the Games will go on. I’m happy we’ve arrived at a point where we have definitive dates. This is the pre-eminent junior championship meet in the region, and arguably the world. I’m looking forward to continuing the legacy.”
The 2020 Carifta Games, scheduled to be held in Bermuda last year, was canceled due to the pandemic; however, the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) remained committed to hosting the event for 2021.
NACAC general secretary Keith Joseph said, “NACAC stands ready to work with the BNAA to ensure that Bermuda and all of the Carifta Family enjoy the benefit of another very successful edition of one of the world of athletics’ most exciting spectacles, the annual Carifta Games.”
The 2019 Carifta Games were held here in the Cayman Islands.