Organisers of the 2020 CARIFTA Games are set to make an announcement in the coming days ©CARIFTA

An update on the status of the 2020 Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) Games in Bermuda is set to be announced this week after the event was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The North American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) decided last month that the Games could not be held from April 10 to 13 in Hamilton as planned amid international concern over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speculation has since grown that the event, held annually for athletes in the under-17 and under-20 categories, will be cancelled.

NACAC President Mike Sands said an official announcement would be made "in the coming days".

In a statement confirming the suspension of the event in March, Sands had claimed there was "not many events scheduled on the NACAC calendar, therefore affording us the opportunity to re-schedule the Games".

"By now many of us would have been in Bermuda attending the 49th edition of the CARIFTA Games," Sands said in an Easter message to NACAC members.

"Unfortunately, and for obvious reasons, this was not to be."

According to latest figures, more than 1.9 million peopled have been infected and over 120,000 have died from the COVID-19 virus.

Bermuda has only reported 57 cases, but the pandemic has forced numerous countries to impose travel restrictions and lockdowns in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

The CARIFTA Games, designed to enhance relations between the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, regularly attracts a star-studded field.