By Youri Kemp
Caribbean News Now associate editor
NASSAU, Bahamas — The Bahamas will host the CARIFTA Games for the eighth time over the Easter weekend of March 30 to April 2, 2018.
The Games will bring together some 500 athletes and 150 team officials from 26 countries, all among the best track and field athletes in the Caribbean.
Many regional CARIFTA athletes have gone on to be Olympic and World Champions, including Usain Bolt of Jamaica, Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, Kirani James of Grenada, Ato Boldon of Trindad and Tobago and Tonique Williams of The Bahamas.
March 29 will be set aside for technical officials, local and international, as well as a press conference, followed by the CARIFTA Ball at 7:00 pm at the Melia Hotel, Cable Beach.
This year’s Ball Honouree will be a former Bahamian Cabinet minister, sports icon and someone who was integral in bringing the first CARIFTA to The Bahamas in 1976, the late Dr Bernard Nottage.
March 30 will be the official opening of the Games at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium starting at 8:00pm.
There will be three days of competition between March 31 and April 2, and at the end will be an athletes’ party held at the Melia Hotel later that evening.
Tickets are still available for the event.