Published On: Thu, Aug 11th, 2016

NACAC official pleased with CARIFTA organization

carifta1WILLEMSTAD – As announced previously, the CARIFTA Games 2017 will take place in Curaçao next year. This highly anticipated Track & Field competition is being held yearly during the Easter weekend. In preparation for the Games, Mr. Garth Gayle (Jamaica) travelled to Curaçao last week. The technical NACAC delegate brings a whopping 30 years of knowledge and expertise to the island to support the local organization.

Garth Gayle is very pleased with the enthusiasm of the team and the steps that have been taken by the local organization committee (LOC) in preparation for the event. “If the CARIFTA Games were to be held in two months, it would be technically possible.” Says the NACAC official.

The meeting with Prime Minister Ben Whiteman was also a very important moment. The government clearly confirms their support and Mr. Gayle indicated that he hasn’t experienced this kind of involvement before in his career. He continues; “It means Curaçao is an example for the rest of the region and indicates that there is great involvement with the sport. Track & Field gets increasing attention and this is not only good for the organization and sponsors of these events, but especially for the young athletes. It means that they can make giant leaps forward.”

Athletics and sports in general are very important for the development of the island: it contributes to a healthier society and less obesity if more people participate in sports. It also has a proven influence on reducing violence and other youth problems.

Besides meeting the Prime Minister, the official visited the SDK Stadium together with Caimin Douglas – well known (former) athlete and competition director for the Games on Curaçao – in order to review the competitions and to determine where the specific VIP, supervision, appliances and other competition items should be located during the Games. On the proposed mapping of the stadium the official did not have many comments. “It is easy to work with a (former) athlete who knows what other athletes are going through when they are participating in an event like this. This makes planning and dividing the official competition area’s so much easier.” The official concluded.

The technical delegates, who will be visiting Curaçao in the coming months on behalf of the NACAC, offer the LOC the required assistance and are responsible for the technical matters to ensure that this fully complies with the rules and regulations from the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations).

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