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Caribbean Games cancelled

Published:Friday | June 19, 2009 | 12:53 PM

The first-ever Caribbean Games, scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago next month, has been cancelled.

Organisers have blamed the spread of the influenza ‘A’ H1N1 for the cancellation.

Health Minister Jerry Narace and Sports Minister Gary Hunt said the decision was taken to prevent the spread of the virus that has so far affected more than 76 countries and infected more than 30,000 persons.

Trinidad and Tobago have 18 confirmed cases of the virus and health authorities have warned of the likelihood of that figure increasing over the coming days.

The event, organised by the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committee, was to be staged from July 12 to 19.

Many of Jamaica’s top athletes, including Beijing Olympic triple gold medallist Usain Bolt and two-time Olympic 200 metre champion Veronica Campbell-Brown were in doubt for the Games.