Ahead of the competition, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has officially opened its office and hit the ground running with its logistical work.
Speaking with several media representatives at the LOC’s office, located in the TDC building on Fort Street, the LOC’s Chief Administrative Officer Keithley Phillip indicated that preparations are progressing well, with 25 of the 27 nations already confirmed for the competition.
The remaining two countries, Montserrat and Belize, have opted out of this year’s event.
“Of the 25 teams, we have 19 that have…sent their numbers. We are waiting on the others,” Phillip indicated.
Further, the LOC head disclosed that just last week there was a visit by one of the technical directors, who inspected the Silver Jubilee Stadium.
After that ground check, Phillip said it was revealed that some additional work was needed on the venue.
He said the additional work to be undertaken involves minor projects that would be completed in time for the major track competition, slated for Easter weekend, 6th to 8th April.
The 44th edition of the region’s premier junior athletics games is expected to attract over 650 athletes.
MiyVueNews.com understands the LOC is catering for approximately 800 athletes, officials and traveling supporters, but the body currently has a hiccup with accommodation that they are feverishly working to alleviate.
“The teams have been sending in their information. The persons following the teams have been calling us, so that is good. The only challenge we might have right now is one with the rooms, and we are quickly trying to have that sorted out,” Phillip stressed.
“Everything else is set. We have already contacted all the international technical officials who would be coming in. Those involved in the anti-doping are all on board, and everything is really going along,” he stated.
The new LOC office location was strategically chosen, Phillip indicated, so that persons could make easy contact with the secretariat when need.
“It is for the ease of persons who want to get information about and relating to CARIFTA. With the office here on Fort Street, persons can easily find it. The vendors and the volunteers don’t need to go out of their way to come us,” Phillip noted.
This is the send time that the Federation would be holding the CARIFTA games with the last visiting the Sugar City in 2008.