The Carifta Games (the Games) should be transformed, abandoned (not our call) or we exit gracefully.
They show the best and worst of the West Indies and divide the Caribbean.
The Games, like West Indies Federation (WIF) or the CSME political and economic union, are not our future. They talk sportsmanship, character, healthy rivalry but it is hurtful and demeaning. We brutalise small-island friends for decades and thump chests in this unfair contest. The Games should be uplifting for all, but we appear a bully.
Our athletes are great, but these Games shame us as a nation used to battling giants and are boring for most as for 40-plus years the results are predictable. The Games are offshore rivalry among Jamaicans with others to look on. We thrash them year after year; they suck it up and love us for whupping them? Friends for life? So what are the Games about and can we create more innovative, competitive ones?
Carifta was formed 1965 in the wake of failed WIF to increase trade in the Eastern Caribbean, which has a long trading history. Jamaica, with no such history, joined in 1968 but our neighbours Haiti, Dom Rep, and Cuba were barred as allegedly they produce the same goods (don’t we all?) as members. Yet, distant Guyana in South America, and Belize in Central America got in. Were small, majority black islands not keen on large, majority brown and white islands in WIF, Carifta, the Games