The Council of the Barbados Aquatic Sports Association (BASA) has announced the postponement of the Carifta 2020 Aquatic Sports Championships which was set to begin April 3 at the Barbados Aquatic Centre in Wildey, Christchurch.

According to BASA, the decision was made to protect the health and wellbeing of athletes, officials, and supporters, bearing in mind the fact that a number of participating countries have announced active cases of COVID-19.

Several of the countries that were to have participated had previously announced withdrawals.

“We regret the inconvenience and disappointment this decision may have on the athletes who would have been training vigorously for these championships,” read a release from BASA.

According to BASA, the organization was particularly disappointed because a number of athletes may have wanted to use the championships to prepare for the Olympics, which for now, is still very much on.

But, BASA explains, there were a number of requests from swimming federations around the region, asking for the event’s postponements and they believe they have to acquiesce.

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