The countdown to the CARIFTA Games
has reached a few weeks now and everything is falling into place nicely.
The Truman Bodden Sports Complex
will be vibrant over the Easter weekend as track and field takes centre stage
from 3-5 April.
At the weekly press conference the
biggest news was that Cydonie Mothersill will finally receive her World
Championships 200 metres bronze medal from the 2001 Games on a podium in front
of her home fans.
Mothersill finished fourth in that
race, but Marion Jones was subsequently stripped of her gold for drug
violations so Cydonie was officially placed third.
The Sports Minister from the
Bahamas, Charles Maynard, is the latest dignitary to announce he will be
coming. Already confirmed are IAAF president Lamine Diack and Jamaica’s track
president Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook.
Diack will present Mothersill with
Two new Games bronze sponsors were
announced and their representatives were there: Phillip Harrison of NCB and
Anna McLean from First Caribbean.
Rayle Roberts, President of the
Cayman Islands Athletics Association, thanked the new sponsors and also
announced that this week there will be a baton relay and an auction.
Despite January’s devastating
earthquake, Haiti will still be sending a team of around 10 competitors.
To help the Haitians financially,
Roberts and his colleagues decided to do a baton relay on Friday and Saturday
starting in Cayman Brac and continuing around Grand Cayman.
It will finish at Truman Bodden the
stadium. Proceeds from that will help the Haitian team here.
Delroy Murray, former track
president and member of the CARIFTA organising committee, did his bit by securing
a pair of Usain Bolt autographed track shoes for a silent auction through his
contacts in Jamaica.
Bolt is a former CARIFTA athlete
who in 2004 set the 200m world junior record in Bermuda which is the meet that
he really made his name. It was 19.93 seconds which still stands.
That phenomenal record looked
untouchable but Grenada has produced a brilliant 200m and 400m runner in Kirani
James who at 17 looks capable of emulating Bolt.
James smashed Bolt’s 400m record of
46.35 seconds with a run of 45.45secs last year at CARIFTA.
Cayman Islands merchandise will
soon be on sale. Tickets too. Three-day ticket passes in the main grandstand
All CARIFTA teams have to be
finalised by 21 March.
For tickets and more
information, go to www.carifta2010.ky