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Rough start to CARIFTA for team Barbados, no rooms allocated

SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, [email protected]

Rough start to CARIFTA for team Barbados, no rooms allocated

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THE BARBADOS DELEGATION to the CARIFTA Games in St Kitts is among several experiencing problems with accommodation.

Reports from S Kitts indicate the Marriott Hotel there has overbooked rooms and the children slept on the floor of a conference room or ballroom last night.

When contacted, team manager Maureen Dottin told NATION NEWS she was in a meeting and would respond later. The technical meeting was scheduled to be held at 10 a.m.

The team is currently at the Silver Jubilee Stadium, Bird Rock, for a training session. They still have not been allocated rooms.  

However, the head of another delegation said it was a “mess” in St Kitts.

“St Kitts & Nevis did not the things they were supposed to do with the hotel so they didn’t have all the rooms … delegations are all over the place in Frigate Bay,” he said.

He said their accommodation was checked before paying – having had a bad experience last year in Martinique. When they arrived at their hotel after a meal, Suriname and Dominica were already there. However, there was no communication that their delegation was supposed to be at the hotel and they never got rooms until after 9 p.m.

The problem at the Marriott is reportedly linked to the presence of the England cricket team which is in St Kitts for the first leg of the tour of the West Indies. England have reportedly brought a large delegation and the hotel is overbooked.

They arrived last night and went straight to their rooms.

Meanwhile, is indicating that Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago did not have any problems checking into their rooms. They are reporting that Cayman Islands, Aruba, Guadeloupe, Dominica and Turks and Caicos Islands are some of the teams which also had accommodation problems.

The Games are scheduled to get underway today, with the Opening Ceremony at 6 p.m. and the first events one hour later. (SAT)