Secretary of the Trinidad & Tobago Triathlon Federation Karen Araujo agrees with the decision to cancel the 2020 Carifta Bermuda Triathlon and Aquathlon Games, scheduled for September 26th and 27th, saying the journey to get the athletes to the games would have been a risky one.
A release from the Bermuda Triathlon Association (BTA), signed by President Sharon Hammond, said, “It is with regret that the Bermuda Triathlon Association and the Local Organising Committee have to announce that Carifta 2020 Bermuda Triathlon and Aquathlon is cancelled due to the ongoing uncertainty with regard to covid19.”
Bahamas will host Carifta 2021 and Bermuda has offered to host the games in 2022.
In reaction to the news, Araujo said the best decision was made and there is still a lot of uncertainty over the virus.
“It was a good decision made by Bermuda. They (Bermuda) don’t know where they are on their (covid19) curve, let’s put it like that.
“They don’t know how their cases are going just yet, at least I don’t get that impression from them.”
Araujo said it would have been a dangerous voyage in getting the athletes to Bermuda because there is no direct flight from Trinidad.
“It was a good decision to cancel and more than that we have to travel through the US to get to that country. It is not a direct flight and there is no way we are going to jeopardise our athletes’ lives by touching US soil at this point.”
The US has been among the hardest-hit countries by the virus.
The Trinidad & Tobago junior athletes, like other local sporting clubs, have been using technology during the downtime. The triathletes are using Zoom to stay connected with their peers while staying active.