Caribbean Games hopefully in 2011

Caribbean Games, Events, International — By on September 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm

After the inaugural Caribbean Games were cancelled this summer, the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees aims to have them in May 2011.

CANOC’S executive committee gathered in Tortola, British Virgin Islands for the first time since the games were cancelled. CANOC President Steve Stoute said the meeting focused on the viability of the association, and the future of the games. “I can only say that our organization is making every effort to ensure that these games become a reality Stoute told Around the Rings. “It has certainly been a quest of the regional Olympic movement for a long time.”

The games were to take place in Port au Prince, Trinidad and Tobago from July 12- 19 but concerns about H1N1 virus killed the games. The Trinidadian government reportedly lost $2.7 from the cancellation.

CANOC is drafting a bid document to present to potential host countries including Trinidad and Tobago. Stoute said he does not expect the bid process to be very competitive and is hoping for at least one host by CANOC’s next meeting, Dec. 3 – 4 in Port au Prince.

The sport program would have be boxing, tennis, track and field, netball and volleyball. Stoute said swimming could also be added depending on facilities.

The committee explored having the games in 2010 but there were too many conflicts for Caribbean nations including the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. A 2011 Caribbean Games would serve as a prelude for the Pan American Games later that year in Guadalajara, Mexico.

“We acknowledge that the Pan American Games are late that year but we feel that earlier in the year would be a good launching pad and good preparation for many of the regional athletes,” Stoute said. In addition to looking at the Caribbean Games, the committee formed a commission to promote Olympic solidarity among members through education, training. The commission would also help Olympic committees gain greater access to funding.

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The CANOC Flag is now flying at the Barbados Olympic Association. This flag was presented to CANOC by the Organising Committee for Caribbean Games 2009 at the CANOC 6th Annual General Meeting in Curacao (Neth. Antilles) on 10 January, 2009.

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