No athletics in St Vincent and the Grenadines for 40 days

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President of Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines, Keith Joseph

By Robertson S. Henry

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — The executive committee of Team Athletics St Vincent and the Grenadines (TASVG) met yesterday to discuss the rapidly evolving situation concerning COVID-19 across the globe; noted that the decision by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a global pandemic has led to immediate responses by countries to protect their citizens.

In a subsequent statement, the executive of the TASVG stated: “While here at home we have heard of some measures being put in place, TASVG has taken its stance in what it considers the best interest of its athletes and other stakeholders.”

There will be a “cessation of all of its activities for the next 40 days, pending a review of the health advisories at that time. We will curtail the planned Mini and Development Meets as well as the Relay Classic and the Wendell Hercules Open Championships. Our decision also includes non-participation in the annual Carifta Games if it remains on the scheduled dates, April 11-13, 2020.”

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TASVG statement continued: “It would be considered highly irresponsible and lacking due care if it were to engage its athletes, coaches technical officials and administrators in gatherings, however important these may have been considered in earlier planning.

“We know the importance to our athletes and coaches of participation in local, regional and international competitions. But we value life much more than any competitions which afford us an opportunity to represent our country and bring glory to it and global recognition to all of us.

“We are hopeful that St Vincent and the Grenadines and indeed the rest of the world would overcome this period of adversity. Our Vincentian athletes would understand the importance of their health and well-being and join us in working diligently to help us maintain a healthy nation – St Vincent and the Grenadines.”

TASVG further calling upon, “all other national sports associations in St Vincent and the Grenadines to adopt a firm stance in respect of curtailing their activities that involve gatherings of people. We urge all to continue to pay due attention to the numerous advisories in respect of best practices regarding protection from the spread of COVID-19.”

Antigua and Barbuda announced their withdrawal from the 2020 Carifta Games in Bermuda next month, and several other Caribbean countries, are considering taking similar decisions.

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