TCI: Both CARIFTA Swim & Athletics Meets are cancelled, again due to COVID concerns
#TurksandCaicos, May 12, 2021 – CARIFTA Games – Swim and Athletics are cancelled and once again the Coronavirus Pandemic is the blame.
Bermuda late on Monday informed, its government requires a two week quarantine of all arriving travellers who are not vaccinated; impossible as expense to the national track & field teams would be driven higher as the rule would apply to more than half of the athletes.
Edith Skippings, President of the Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletics Association confirmed the disappointing news with our media house on Monday night, adding the requirement by the Bermuda Government is understandable… “people safety must come first.”
Skippings understands the lengths organisers go to ensure it, having just completed a weekend of CARIFTA Trials, where over 50 athletes were not only able to compete in 15 events but where they were kept in a bubble for personal and team safety.
Turks and Caicos athletes resided at Ports of Call resort for the Friday and Saturday staging of the qualifying meet and Skippings shared it was a success.
Athletes were tested incoming and outgoing; all with negatives for Covid-19 including the crew which had to return to Jamaica for school.
The new team would have been announced at least by Friday; settled on by mid-week and that may still happen as the TCAAAs plans for the stand out athletes to represent the country at other athletics events regionally.
CARIFTA Aquatics was to be held in Barbados; that government terminated the plan with rising cases of Covid-19 and risks.
Three young swimmers – Tajhari Williams, Jayden Davis and Lenin Hamilton Jr clocked qualifying times in a number of swim events after a month of competition in The Bahamas earlier this year. The trio from TCI Aquatics Swim Club will also have to wait to represent the country in the premier regional competition.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
Soca Warriors crush Bahamas at home
By Rashaed Esson
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors dominated the Bahamas at home, at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, for the 2022/2023 Concacaf Nations League on Friday, with a 3-0 victory.
The Soca Warriors struck their first blow within the first 5 minutes of the game, with Kareem Moses making the first shot in the top left corner of the net giving T&T one to the Bahamas’ zero (1-0).
Soon after, in about 26 minutes, they made another shot giving them 2-0 away from home; the scorer Joevin Jones. By the 34th minute mark, the winning goal was made by Ryan Telfer, T&T now at three.
Neither team scored any additional goals as the match progressed despite attempts made by various players.
Trinidad’s win gives them 12 points through five matches. Next match for the Soca Warriors is against Nicaragua; that clash is set for Monday March 27 (at home in Tobago at the Dwight Yorke Stadium), in a tussle of winner-take-all on the final match day. The victor takes home a promotion to League A and a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Angus Eve, T&T’s head coach expressed that the job is only half done, keeping aware that more challenges are coming their way, one of which is the nearing match against Nicaragua who is one point ahead of the Warriors.
Meanwhile, The Bahamas will journey to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with hopes of emerging victorious there.
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