The excitement is steadily building in the Spice Isle, as the crème de la crème of junior track and field descend on Grenada for the highly anticipated 2016 Flow CARIFTA Games this weekend.
Already, teams from Anguilla, Antigua, the Cayman Islands, Guyana, St. Lucia, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the US Virgin Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago have arrived in St. George’s to compete in the 45th edition of the Caribbean’s premier athletics meet.
“We know that a lot is expected of us, and as we showcase our Caribbean youth, we want to provide them with an experience that will encourage them to continue in sport. My heart is filled with joy to see that we have reached this point,” said Veda Bruno-Victor, chairperson of the local organising committee.
After being stranded at the Grantley Adams International Airport following strike action by air traffic control officers that hampered flights in and out of the island, the Barbados contingent finally flew out to Grenada this evening when the industrial action ended.
Flow, the region’s leading telecommunications provider, has signed a three-year partnership with the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) to be the exclusive broadcast partner and title sponsor of the CARIFTA Games.
It means that for the first time in the history of the CARIFTA Games, the event will be broadcast live in High Definition (HD) across the entire Caribbean.
“I am also very grateful that Flow has become our title sponsor for the 2016 CARIFTA Games and for the following two Games to come. We want our young athletes to be seen and remembered, because if they are not in Rio, they will definitely be in Japan (2020 Olympic Games). We want our people to say ‘I remember that boy or girl’ and it is with great expectation that we look forward to the coming of the CARIFTA Games,” added Bruno-Victor.
Flow, which is also the region’s exclusive broadcast partner for the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has contracted an international production team that will capture, package and present more than twenty hours of live coverage from the River Road venue on the Flow Sports Channel (Channel 190 in Barbados).
“This is a triumphant moment for Caribbean athletics and we are very proud to be the exclusive broadcast partner and title sponsor of the 2016 Flow CARIFTA Games,” said Denise Williams, senior vice president of communications, Cable & Wireless Communications.
“Since its launch last year, Flow Sports has already become one of the Caribbean’s leading sports networks and our partnership with the CARIFTA Games builds upon Flow’s other initiatives across the region. In addition to lending financial support, we are also very excited that our partnership with NACAC will allow us the opportunity to broadcast the Games across multiple platforms including our very own Flow Sports.”
The 2016 Flow CARIFTA Games will inaugurate Grenada’s new National Stadium which was recently redeveloped following the passing of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
More than 650 athletes and officials will attend the Games from countries including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maarteen, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands.