Security of the Games
At the last Carifta Congress held in Guadeloupe during the 35th edition of the Carifta Games, there was no shortage of member Federations of the NACAC athletics fraternity willing to host the big event.
Bids came from Grenada, Barbados and the Bahamas. Bids came in from the Games of 2009 and 2010, well in advance.
The leadership of the NACAC region must feel confident that the Carifta Games has emerged as such an exciting and popular product that everyone seems anxious to play host.
Governments of the region, for the most part, appear just as willing to respond favourably to the approaches made to them by their respective athletics governing bodies to host the Carifta games.
The youths are the future of any society and Caribbean Governments, for the most part, know and appreciate this fact. Their ongoing commitment to the Carifta Games therefore is an investment in the future of their respective societies and indeed in the future of the entire Caribbean.
Thus far two regional sponsors, both from Trinidad and Tobago, have come on board for the past three-years and this will be the fourth.
Guardian Holdings Limited and the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago signed an Agreement with NACAC initially brokered by the President of Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines in the latter part of 2003. The Agreement was officially signed in early 2004 by the President and Vice President of NACAC and the representatives of the two aforementioned companies.
Already, even as the track has not yet started the Local organising Committee has already accessed at least one local sponsor committed to matching the US$50,000 of each of the two regional sponsors. More sponsors will come forward to assist member Federations with the hosting of the Carifta Games.
The future of the Carifta Games is therefore quite secure.
Vincentian Athletes at Carifta
St Vincent and the Grenadines has had a good run at the annual Carifta Games.