CARIFTA Set to Begin in Bermuda

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - April 6, 2012

Above: the National Sports Centre in Bermuda (Photo: Cannon Design)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The 41st CARIFTA games begin in Bermuda Saturday at the island’s National Sports Centre.

Bermuda has hosted CARIFTA three times before, in 1975, 1980 and 2004.

The Track and Field-focused games will kick off with the girls’ 100-metre hurdles, followed by discus, shot and triple jump.

CARIFTA consists of two age categories: Under 17 and Under 20 for both males and females.

The games have traditionally been jumping off points for many world-renowned athletes from the Caribbean, from Usain Bolt and Alleyne Francique to Veronica Campbell and Pauline Davis-Thompson.

Young athletes from 26 Caribbean countries and territories will be competing for glory, from Anguilla to the US Virgin Islands.

Last year’s CARIFTA games were held in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

CARIFTA concludes on Monday evening.

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