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.
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.”