The CARIFTA Games, the region's most prestigious junior track and field championships will resume next year, all things being equal.
If it goes ahead, the meet is being hosted in Bermuda, journalists including www.islandstats.com were told yesterday during a virtual meeting organized by the North America Central American and Caribbean Track and Field Association (NACAC).
The CARIFTA Games, which is traditionally held over the Easter weekend, was one of the major casualties of the 2020 sports calendar after concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic forced the organizers to pull the plug.
Yesterday's announcement came as a surprise given the ongoing pandemic with cases rising in some territories and air travel still uncertain, many persons had assumed the event would not be held, out of an abundance of caution.
In yesterday's NACAC Media Roundtable, in a response to a question posed by the Jamaica Observer, Mike Sands, the NACAC President, confirmed that planning for the three-day championships was ongoing.
“Plans are going ahead for the staging of the CARIFTA Games in Bermuda in 2021,” Sands said. He added they regretted having to cancel the last staging, the first in the nearly 50-year history of the event.