Chairman of the local organising committee for the 2022 CARIFTA Games, Mike Fennell, gave the arranging and execution of the three day event, which ended at the National Stadium, high praises.

Jamaica was asked at short notice by the Carifta Congress to take over hosting duties after Guyana, the original hosts, informed NACAC they would not be able to carry out their responsibilities.

Bermuda was well set to host the 2020 staging but it was called off after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and, despite the dates being moved twice in 2021, it was called off a second time as some of the country’s Covid-19 protocols could not be accommodated.

More than 600 athletes converged in Jamaica for the 49th edition of the Games, the region’s largest athletics competition for Under-17 and Under-20 athletes.

Athletes from more than 25 countries competed.

Fennell described the championships as spectacular.

He also had special commendations for the volunteers and officials.

Mike Fennell, chairman of the local organizing committee for Carifta 2022

Jamaica has hosted the event six times, five times in Kingston – 1974, 1979, 1988, 1990, 1996 and in Montego Bay in 2011.