Events Litmus Test For TTOC 2018 Commonwealth Bid

A Trinidad and Tobago website reports that three major events to be hosted by Trinidad and Tobago next year are expected to act as a litmus test for the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee as to the country’s capability of hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Newsday reports the events include the Summit of the Americas, the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, and the inaugural Caribbean Games.

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) said last year it was considering an 2018 Commonwealth Games bid and local Olympic Committee head Larry Romany confirmed the idea is still on the “front burner” and that discussions with national stakeholders on all aspects of the bid process will begin soon.

He said, “given what is happening with the global economy there is a lot to contemplate, but we believe that TT can stage a fantastic Game, the concept that we have in mind will be modern, compelling, dynamic and creative.

“Hosting the Summit of the Americas in April, the Caribbean Games in July and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November will test the country’s resolve and public opinion. Our capacity, infrastructure, vision, logistics for major international event hosting will be tested”, he said.

Although the Commonwealth Games Federation will vote on the host country for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in 2011, the official bid process is expected to start in 2010.