Guadeloupe has been awarded the hosting rights to the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Games in 2021.
As reported by the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, the announcement was made by the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) Executive Committee at Trinidad and Tobago Olympic House in Port of Spain.
It followed a meeting of the Executive Committee, which includes President Brian Lewis, secretary general Keith Joseph, treasurer Edith Cox and members Alain Soreze, Ytannia Wiggins and John Abramson.
The event is due to take place from June 30 to July 4.
An inaugural edition had been scheduled to be held in Trinidad and Tobago as far back as July 2009.
This was cancelled, however, due to the global spread of the novel influenza A virus at the time.
"Guadeloupe has come forward, opting to host the inaugural Caribbean Games so that it will take place from June 30 to July 4, 2021," Joseph was reported as saying by the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian.
"That event is our marquee event and we certainly hope that this time around, it will come off and all indications are that it will.
"We have done a tremendous amount of work so far."
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Joseph said that Executive Committee members have visited Guadeloupe to look at the facilities and met with the Organising Committee to discuss the necessary arrangements.
He also revealed that part of the Caribbean Games mandate is that netball is one of the compulsory sports, along with athletics and swimming.
"Guadeloupe does not play netball but to the spirit of being members of CANOC, they have undertaken a project to introduce netball and to have it on the programme as part of the inaugural Games," Joseph added.
"To that end, we are in collaboration with AFNA (Americas Federation of Netball Associations), the continental body for netball, and, as we speak, two of the members are in Guadeloupe meeting with the Organising Committee and those interested in starting the project.
"That is the commitment that AFNA has given to help with the realisation of the Caribbean Games in Guadeloupe in 2021.
"We are not by any means ignoring the mandate of our constitution with regard to the Caribbean Games holding what we see as the core sports – athletics, swimming and of course netball."
Under-23 athletes will compete at the Caribbean Games, which are scheduled to be held once every four years.
According to Lewis, who is also the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, the CANOC Executive Committee was encouraged to pursue the aim of hosting the event following positive feedback.
"A survey was done on social media and 73 per cent of the respondents, in particular, the critical age-group of youth/young people, said that staging the Caribbean Games was important," he said.