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Cancellation of Caribbean Games a big blow

Published:Monday | June 22, 2009 | 8:53 AM

Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic Committee president Larry Romany said the cancellation of the first ever Caribbean Games this summer is a huge blow to the organizers and the region.

Local officials cancelled the scheduled July 12 to 19 Games on Friday due to the growing threat of the influenza A H1N1 virus.

With Trinidad and Tobago’s cases of the virus listed at 18 and authorities warning of the likelihood of that figure increasing over the coming days, the local health ministry recommended the event be cancelled.

The virus has so far affected more than 76 countries and infected more than 30 thousand persons.

The Caribbean Games would have brought together approximately two thousand athletes, officials and media workers from the region at a cost of US$5.5 million.