Barbados Aquatic Sports Association (BASA) president, Tony Selby, is hoping to be able to host the 2021 Carifta Swimming Championships.
Barbados was scheduled to host the CARIFTA Swimming Championship in April that has since been cancelled, BASA is hoping that the other CARIFTA Federations would allow Barbados to stage the championship next year instead of St. Lucia which had the rights for 2021.
“CARIFTA was supposed to be held last month but because of COVID-19, it was postponed. But now with all the developments concerning COVID-19, we have cancelled it completely for this year. Hopefully, the other CARIFTA Federations would permit us to host it next year. So that is the intention and we are presently awaiting confirmation for that but that is the intention that Barbados will now host it next year,” Selby said.
The hosting of events is one way BASA earns revenues and like other associations, they have suffered financial loss because of COVID-19. In addition to hosting CARIFTA this year, Barbados was also expected to stage the Aquatic Centre International Invitational, a FINA-approved meet for the Olympics and that was supposed to be held at the end of this month but has now been cancelled.