46th Edition CARIFTA Games 2017 (athletics) in Curaçao
WILLEMSTAD - The CARIFTA Games 2017 are scheduled to take place in Curaçao and are being organized by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), which was founded in October 2015 by the Curaçao Athletics association of Curaçao. The Carifta Games is a youth event from the governing body North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC). This highly anticipated Caribbean Athletics event is organized annually during the Easter weekend on one of the NACAC member Caribbean islands and in 2017 Curaçao has the honor to host the event.
The CARIFTA Games is a track and field Athletics championship which was created in 1972 by Austin Sealy (Barbados) to enhance relations between the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean after the dissolution of the West Indies Federation. This was later extended to the French and Dutch islands. Jamaica leads the overall list of medal winners and to this day, Usain Bolt still holds the record in the 200 meters. Host country Curaçao has won 1 silver and 3 bronze medals in the history of these Games.
The Games take place on April 15, 16 and 17, 2017 and have as many as 150 different individual events. The Games traditionally has two age categories: under-17 and under-20 for both boys and girls.
The Curaçao Athletics association and the LOC are very proud to be awarded the bid. The LOC is currently arranging accommodation, sponsorship, communications, and the recruitment of volunteers for the different talented athletes’ delegations. "Preparations are going well, given the different positive responses from volunteers and companies interested to support this event," said the LOC president Mr. Gilbert (Igor) Cyntje.
“The CARIFTA Games play an important role in the development of Athletics locally. Besides a unifying factor, sports also ensures that young people develop a passion for physical development and individual performance. Furthermore, education and self-development are high on the agenda in order to offer young people a prosperous future”.
The government of Curaçao has already confirmed its support for the event, just as local companies and the Curaçao Tourist Board. After the Olympics 2016, the LOC continues to send frequent updates on the CARIFTA GAMES.