Coverage of Carifta Games 2012

DEVONSHIRE, Bermuda (Sporting Alert) — Several of the Caribbean’s top juniors will turn their attention to the 2012 Carifta Games, which will take place in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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The 41st edition of the championships begins on Saturday and concludes next Monday.

As usual, Jamaica, which have dominated in the previous years, will once again start as the favourite to top the medal tally during the three day event.

But although expected to collect dominate, head coach Michael Vassell believes the defending champions might not collect the large number of medals they’ve had in the past.

“Last year’s 66 medal haul was one of the lowest we had won in a while,” Vassell said in the Jamaica Observer.

“We may have to become satisfied with this total for the foreseeable future as the other countries are including their US college-based athletes.”

Vassell also thinks that Jamaica, which have set the standard in the sprint events, will be challenge this year.

The Carifta Games, which in past served as a platform for some of the world’s high-profiled athletes – including world record holder Usain Bolt and two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, and new star Kirani James of Grenada –  kick off with the opening ceremony on Friday.

Organizers say most of the countries taking part in the games are already in Bermuda and all system is ready to go.

“We are ready. We are just hoping the weather cooperate as it is raining now. We are hoping by the time of the opening ceremony the weather clears up,” organizing committee chairperson Donna Watson said.

“We are ready just some small issues are to be completed. All the overseas officials are here safely.”

MARK SMITH | CARIBBEAN CONTRIBUTOR

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6 thoughts on “Coverage of Carifta Games 2012

  1. The current commentators are clearly unprofessional and obviously biased. Everyone has their favorite team but I do not think it should be that obvious from statements uttered. Especially when you have the entire world listening.

  2. I agree. They need to moderate their statements. until I actually checked the medal tally on-line, I thought the Bahamas were ahead.
    coverage could be so much better, In the Discuss the camera is focused on the ground than at the actual discuss. and I am very outraged at the fact that the Jamaican athlete who placed third, was brought to the podium, had to wait in the cold then was bypassed.. Not cool.. Bermuda step it up !

  3. The treatment of that young man was a disgrace and almost unforgiveable. Despite one’s obvious bias’ the “official broadcasters and others involved need to recognize that the athletes are young and treatments like these can affect them psychologically for a long time. I noticed also that there was no explanation nor apology for this distasteful treatment of a guest.

    Regarding the announcers giving the impression not only that the Bahamas were ahead, but that they were miles ahead, but since I am accustomed to this behaviour, I knew this could never have been true.

    I attended CARIFTA 2011 and listening to the commentary was different, safe for the accents you would not have known that the commentators were Jamaicans. The commentary was pretty balanced, with great credit and commendations given to the uncharacteristic winners and even those who placed.

    On the matter of the “false start”- as far as I am concerned, I don’t see why an athlete must be penalised for an “error” by the officials. The race was blown off, there was no second shot indicating a false start, so how come at the end of the race the athlete is disqualified? That cannot be fair!!!But once again I am seeing where apparently the Bahamas is “in charge” of CARIFTA, otherwise everyone is afraid of them, so whatever they want they get.

    The last relay run last year where their athlete ran out of his lane but they won. Despite appeal, they (officials)behaved so badly,that the Jamaicans who were the overall winner of the event were prevented fro even celebrating their victory. Let’s hope that by the time the games get to the Bahamas next year, someone would have been brave enough to help them address their public relations problems.

    The bottom line however is the wellbeing of the athletes.

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