The Grenada Carifta team has brought back 3 gold, 1 silver and 6 bronze medals, which placed them in 5th position at the recently held 44th Carifta games in St Lucia.
The island will host the 45th games at the National Stadium in 2016.
According to Public Relations Officer with the Grenada Athletic Association, Kwami Hypolite a committee has already been set up for the planning of the games.
Hypolite said the team will be chaired by Veda Bruno-Victor, Deputy Chairman is first Vice President of the athletics association, Aaron Moses, Secretary is Jennel Gill, Treasurer Claudia Francis, Conrad Francis is in charge of Operations, Marketing Sales Sponsorship will be handled by Alvin Clouden, Security has been put in the hands of Nigel Noel and Accreditation to be supervised by Jennifer Woodroffe.
He disclosed that a number of local officials visited the just-ended games to observe the proceedings.
“… Many persons visited the games to observe the operations and to ensure that come next year, come 2016 Grenada Carifta, the 45th games being held in Grenada would be one that would not only be the best in the Caribbean but one that will surpass all the other Carifta games that would’ve been held,” he said.
Hypolite stated that the local Athletic Association has already secured the support of Government towards the hosting of the Carifta games.
He spoke of structures being put in place since last November to ensure that basic structures are put in place in keeping with the requirements for hosting the regional athletic games.
“We looked at putting that organizational structure in place. Then we looked at possible persons that can make up the local organising committee that can deliver the games at the magnitude that we would appreciate that the Grenadian public will be satisfied and by extension the Caribbean region,” he said.
Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sports, Conrad Francis expressed his optimism about Grenada’s ability to host the games.
“We have a history of being a good host and I have no doubt that with the support of everyone that next year’s Carifta games would be a success. At present we are putting all the last touches,” he told reporters.
At Tuesday’s post-Cabinet Press Briefing held at the Conference room of the Ministry of Works, Minister of Sports, Emmalin Pierre gave assurances that the athletic stadium would be ready for the games.
“If you pass by you would have realised that the painting of the facility would have started which is a sign that we are very close to completion, that we are well on tract as it relates to the completion of the athletic stadium,” Pierre said.
The stadium was severely damaged by the passage of Hurricane Ivan 10 years ago.
It was rebuilt with significant assistance from the People’s Republic of China.