Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation

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Formation 1967
Type Sports federation
34 member + 5 observer federations
Official language
English and Spanish
Haiti Alain Jean-Pierre

The Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (CACAC) is a confederation governing body of athletics for national governing bodies and multi-national federations within Central America and the Caribbean. Membership of the Confederation is open to all National Governing Bodies for Athletics in any country or territory in the region which is affiliated to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Other countries may be granted observer status and may, with permission of the Congress, be allowed to compete in open championships. They will, however, not be entitled to vote at the Congress.[1]

The Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (CACAC) should not be confused with the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) established later in 1988, being one of the official area associations of the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF), and also including federations from Canada and the USA. The CACAC considers the NACAC as parent organization,[2] and the CACAC constitution regulates that the IAAF Area Representative of the NACAC is an ex-officio member of its Permanent Executive Council.[1]


With the initiative of the Mexican representative Mr. Carlos de Anda Dominguez,[3] at the 10th Central American and Caribbean Games held in June 1966 in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, the need for the formation of a Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation was discussed as well as a proposal for organizing the first Central American and Caribbean Championships.[1]

The first Championships were held on the 5th and 6 May 1967, in Jalapa, Veracruz, México. Discussion about the formation of the Confederation was started at this time.[1]

In Winnipeg, Canada, during the celebration of the V Pan American Games, a tentative constitution was approved, a permanent committee elected and the site of the second Central American and Caribbean Championships was awarded to Cali, Colombia, for August 1969, with Havanna, Cuba, as the alternate site.[1]

The Constitution was finally adopted on the occasion of the second Championships in August 1969. It has been revised and amended at General Assemblies in Guadalajara, Mexico, June 16, 1979; San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 5, 1979; Nassau, Bahamas, August 22, 1980; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 11, 1981; Maracaibo, Venezuela, August 18, 1998; Bridgetown, Barbados, June 27, 1999, San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 16, 2000, Bridgetown, Barbados, July 7, 2002 and San Salvador, El Salvador, December 4, 2002, Havana, Cuba, July 5, 2009, Santo Domingo 2010, Mayaguez 2010.[1]


The current president of the confederation, Alain Jean-Pierre (Haiti) was elected at the CACAC Congress held in San Salvador, El Salvador, in 2012.[4] He follows Víctor López (Puerto Rico), who was elected firstly in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in 1998, and re-elected in Grenada in 2003, and in Cali, Colombia, in 2008.[5]

Name Country Presidency
Ricardo Gerónimo Pérez Sarría[6]  Cuba 1967–1978
Bernard J. Nottage[7]  Bahamas 1982-1990
Víctor López  Puerto Rico 1998–2012
Alain Jean-Pierre  Haiti 2012-


The CACAC hold five different championships: senior championships, junior championships, cross country championships, age group championships and under-17 (youth) championships.[1][2]

A Central American and Caribbean Half Marathon Cup was held once in 2005, incorporated into the Reggae Marathon in Jamaica, but did not get renewed after this debut event after only two nations entered.[8]

Member associations[edit]

CACAC consists of 34 full member federations and 5 observer members:[1] 29 of the full member federations are members of NACAC (all except the federations from Canada and the USA), and 5 of the full member federations are members of ConSudAtle (Panamá, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname). The 5 observer members are non IAAF members.

Nation Organisation Website
 Anguilla Anguilla Amateur Athletic Federation http://www.freewebs.com/axathletics
 Antigua and Barbuda Athletic Association of Antigua & Barbuda
 Aruba Arubaanse Atletiek Bond http://www.arubaathleticfederation.org
 Bahamas Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations http://www.bahamastrack.com
 Barbados Athletics Association of Barbados http://www.aabarbados.com
 Belize Belize Amateur Athletic Association
 Bermuda Bermuda National Athletics Association http://www.bnaa.bm
 British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands Athletics Association http://bvi.milesplit.com
 Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Athletic Association
 Colombia Federación Colombiana de Atletismo http://www.fecodatle.org
 Costa Rica Federación Costarricense de Atletismo http://www.fecoa.info
 Cuba Federación Cubana de Atletismo
 Dominica Dominica Amateur Athletic Association http://www.daaa.dm
 Dominican Republic Federación Dominicana de Asociaciones de Atletismo http://www.fedomatle.org
 El Salvador Federación Salvadoreña de Atletismo
 Grenada Grenada Athletic Association
 Guatemala Federación Nacional de Atletismo de Guatemala http://www.atletismoguate.com
 Guyana Athletics Association of Guyana
 Haiti Fédération Haïtienne d'Athlétisme Amateur
 Honduras Federación Nacional Hondureña de Atletismo http://condepah.org/dr
 Jamaica Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association http://www.trackandfieldja.com
 Mexico Federación Mexicana de Asociaciones de Atletismo http://www.fmaa.mx
 Montserrat Montserrat Amateur Athletic Association
 Nicaragua Federación Nicaragüense de Atletismo http://www.fna.org.ni
 Panama Federación Panameña de Atletismo
 Puerto Rico Federación de Atletismo de Puerto Rico http://www.atletismofapur.com
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts & Nevis Amateur Athletic Association http://www.sknaaa.com
 Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Athletics Association http://www.saintluciatrackandfield.org
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Team Athletics Saint Vincent & The Grenadines http://www.svgnoc.org
 Suriname Surinaamse Atletiek Bond http://suriname-athletics.org
 Trinidad and Tobago National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad & Tobago http://www.ttnaaa.org
 Turks and Caicos Islands Turks & Caicos Islands Amateur Athletic Association
 Venezuela Federación Venezolana de Atletismo http://www.fva.cavillo.com.ve
 United States Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Track & Field Federation http://www.virginislandstrackandfield.org
Observer Members
 Curaçao Curaçaose Atletiek Bond http://www.curacaoatletiekbond.com/
French Guiana/ French Guiana Ligue d'Athlétisme de la Guyane http://www.athle973.com
Guadeloupe/ Guadeloupe Ligue Régionale d'Athlétisme de la Guadeloupe http://liguegua.athle.com
Martinique/ Martinique Ligue de Martinique d'Athlétisme http://liguemque.athle.com
 Sint Maarten Sint Maarten Amateur Athletic Association

Former member associations[edit]

At their Council Meeting, the IAAF announced, that because the Netherlands Antilles has ceased to exist as a separate territory (one of 21 IAAF Members that are not countries but territories), athletes will not compete anymore as AHO but as Holland, and IAAF membership will drop from 213 to 212.[9] The CACAC published the decision in their own newsletter.[10] Curaçao, one of the five former island territories of the Netherlands Antilles, was invited as observer member.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (December 2010), CACAC Constitution - Competition Rules (UpdDEC2010) (PDF), retrieved July 15, 2011 
  2. ^ a b Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation, President Welcome Message, retrieved July 18, 2011 
  3. ^ Carlos de Anda
  4. ^ Serrette elected CACAC vice-president, Trinidad Express, July 3, 2012, retrieved July 6, 2012 
  5. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (July 8, 2008), Victor Lopez re-elected CACAC President, IAAF, retrieved July 16, 2011 
  6. ^ CACAC, Dr. Ricardo Gerónimo PÉREZ SARRÍA, retrieved July 16, 2011 
  7. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (November 28, 2007), 23 athletics greats to be inducted into the CAC Hall of Fame, IAAF, retrieved July 16, 2011 
  8. ^ Hosts win first CAC Half Marathon Cup. IAAF (2005-12-07). Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  9. ^ IAAF (November 19, 2011), IAAF Council Meeting, Monaco, Day One, retrieved July 22, 2011 
  10. ^ Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (December 24, 2010), CAC NEWS Update: Dec 24th. 2010 (PDF), retrieved July 22, 2011 

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