North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) General Secretary Keith Joseph said that the administration was left with no other option but to cancel the 2021 edition of the competition because of the various obstacles that the COVID-19 pandemic presented to the local organising committee.
The official statement:
The 49th edition of the Carifta Games scheduled for 2021 has been cancelled.
The North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) has taken the decision based on the Covid-19 regulations outlined by the host nation, Bermuda. The Government of Bermuda has maintained that the 14-day quarantine for unvaccinated visitors is non-negotiable, making it highly impractical for there to be an Under-17 category as is the norm and for NACAC to stage the region’s premier junior track and field meet.
Carifta 2020 was not staged because of the global pandemic and Bermuda transferred its hosting responsibilities to 2021. Originally scheduled for Easter weekend, this year’s edition was first postponed to July 2-4 and then to August 13-15. Now, Carifta 2021 has been struck from the NACAC calendar.
The NACAC Council regrets the decision to cancel Carifta 2021. For the second year running, young, hard-working athletes have been denied the opportunity to represent their respective territories at the world’s premier junior track and field competition.
To the region’s young athletes, keep training. For those who are eligible for the July 9-11 NACAC U18 & U23 Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, we encourage you to maintain focus on this competition.