In the late 1990s the Ministers of Sport of Caricom entertained the idea that the Caribbean people have provided the world with some outstanding athletes in a variety of sports but have been denied the opportunity of seeing them perform in real life at home in the region. Thus was born the idea of the Caribbean Games.
The Inaugural Caribbean Games is scheduled to take place in Trinidad and Tobago during the period 12th to 19th July 2009.
Many people across the Caribbean may well remember the annual Southern Games of old hosted at the time by TEXACO, which, at the time, controlled the refinery at Pointe – a – Pierre, Trinidad.
From humble beginnings Southern Games was transformed into the Caribbean’s most prestigious sporting spectacle. It grew from two days to four then on to five. The event spanned two weekends and there was no end to the excitement.
Southern Games featured just two sports – Athletics and Cycling. There was no synthetic surface for the track and field athletes nor was there any concrete, asphalt or wooden Velodrome for the cyclists. The entire competition was contested on an impeccably maintained and superbly prepared grass surface. Read the rest of this entry »