Published On: Tue, Apr 7th, 2015

Curacao chosen to host 2017 CARIFTA Games ahead of Cayman Islands

CARIFTA Games St kittsThe island was chosen ahead of the Cayman Islands, who had expresssed an interest but failed to submit a letter of support from its Government.

The annual athletics championships was founded in 1972 by the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) and has two age categories, under-18 and under-20.

Only countries associated with CARIFTA may compete in the competition.

Sir Austin Sealy, then President of the Amateur Athletic Association of Barbados, inaugurated the Games to mark the transition from the Caribbean Free Trade Association to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

CARIFTA was meant to enhance relations between the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean after the dissolution of the West Indies Federation, but the CARIFTA Games took that idea a step further, including the French and Dutch Antilles.

The Games have produced world record holders, Usain Bolt, Darrel Brown, world and Olympic champions such as Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, Kim Collins of St Kitts-Nevis and Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas, Alleyne Francique of Grenada and Obadele Thompson of Barbados.

By Duncan Mackay

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