THE Barbados Aquatic Sports Association (BASA) said that Barbados will not be able to host the 2021 CARIFTA Swimming Championships because of the covid19 pandemic.
A letter signed by BASA president Cheryl Lady Forde dated May 1 to CARIFTA federations, said, “After careful consideration and consultation with the Ministry of Health and the Covid19 Monitoring Unit, BASA is unable at this time to give any indication as to when Barbados will be allowed to host sporting competitions. In addition the Aquatic Centre has been closed for the last three weeks due to heavy ash fall from the La Soufriere Volcano (in St Vincent) and will now reopen on May 3. It has been a difficult time for all sporting federations.”
The letter pointed to spikes in covid19 cases in “many of our neighbouring states” and the “rescheduling of the Caribbean Examination Council’s examinations” as factors making it challenging “to identify a date that would be suitable to host the competition.”
BASA said it is willing to host the event next year. “It is with utmost regret that Council has agreed that under these persistent circumstances we can no longer hold the federation in a state of uncertainty. We are therefore informing the secretariat that Barbados is unable to host Carifta 2021. We are most anxious to hold to our commitment by having our agreement to host Carifta extended to 2022.”