PARAMARIBO, Suriname, October 12, 2015 – The proposed Caribbean Games may afterall become a reality in 2017, according to the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC).
The organisation and administration of the Inaugural Caribbean Games were among issues discussed at CANOC’s General Assembly here on Sunday.
This comes after many attempts to stage the regional games from as far back as 2009. The inaugural games were scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago in the summer of 2009 but eventually cancelled because of an outbreak of the influenza A (H1N1) virus.
Five sporting disciplines – Athletics, Cycling, Netball, Swimming and Beach Volleyball – were considered to be staged in three territiories – Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago.
The proposal is for Barbados to host the Swimming and Netball Tournaments; Grenada to stage Track and Field and the Cycling and Volleyball events will take place in the twin-island republic.
The Games will be held over two weekends in July 2017 with simultaneous competitions in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados followed by athletics in Grenada on the final weekend and a few weeks before the IAAF World Championships scheduled for London, August 5-13.
Though preliminary, track and field will attract 500 athletes, with swimming and cycling hosting 200 and 100 participants respectively.
One male and one female team per country will be invited for beach volleyball and eight teams for the netball tournament.
The Games will be managed by an organising committee from CANOC and supported by National Federations.
Other logistics including sponsorship, accommodation and transportation will be discussed and finalised in the coming months.
The Caribbean Games will be held quadrennially in the year immediately following the Olympic Games.