While the government of Trinidad and Tobago has agreed to fund the hosting of the Games the regional governments must assist in providing support to their respective NOCs to participate with the very best athletes at their disposal. They must assist with the funding required to make this event a resounding success.
In a very real sense the Caribbean Games will be a significant milestone in the quest for regionalism in the Caribbean. This is a dream of successive generations as far back as we can remember and the time is most opportune for us to bring it to fruition.
The sports on the Inaugural Caribbean Games programme are: Athletics, Boxing, Netball, Tennis and Volleyball (Beach and Indoor). Thus far the Technical Commission for the Games has been established and several benchmarks have been successfully attained.
Standards have been recommended for Athletics and the Commission is awaiting final word from the Area Representative of the IAAF.
Volleyball’s continental body, NORCECA, has already determined that for the Indoor competition the top six male and female teams based on the rankings as at 30 September 2008, and the top 12 male and female teams in Beach Volleyball as at the same date, will contest at the Caribbean Games 2009.
Netball has only recently been introduced to world rankings. The Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) has determined that the top eight teams as per the rankings at 31 December 2008 will contest at the Games in Trinidad and Tobago next year.