Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation
|34 member + 5 observer federations|
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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.
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, and the CACAC constitution regulates that the IAAF Area Representative of the NACAC is an ex-officio member of its Permanent Executive Council.
With the initiative of the Mexican representative Mr. Carlos de Anda Dominguez, 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.
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.
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.
The current president of the confederation, Alain Jean-Pierre (Haiti) was elected at the CACAC Congress held in San Salvador, El Salvador, in 2012. 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.
|Ricardo Gerónimo Pérez Sarría||Cuba||1967–1978|
|Bernard J. Nottage||Bahamas||1982-1990|
|Víctor López||Puerto Rico||1998–2012|
- Central American and Caribbean Senior Championships
- Central American and Caribbean Junior/Youth Championships
- Central American and Caribbean Cross Country Championships
- Central American and Caribbean Age Group Championships
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.
CACAC consists of 34 full member federations and 5 observer members: 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.
Former member associations
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. The CACAC published the decision in their own newsletter. Curaçao, one of the five former island territories of the Netherlands Antilles, was invited as observer member.
- Association of Panamerican Athletics (APA)
- North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC)
- South American Athletics Confederation (CONSUDATLE)
- Central American Isthmus Athletic Confederation (CADICA)
- Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (December 2010), CACAC Constitution - Competition Rules (UpdDEC2010) (PDF), retrieved July 15, 2011
- Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation, President Welcome Message, retrieved July 18, 2011
- Carlos de Anda
- Serrette elected CACAC vice-president, Trinidad Express, July 3, 2012, retrieved July 6, 2012
- Clavelo Robinson, Javier (July 8, 2008), Victor Lopez re-elected CACAC President, IAAF, retrieved July 16, 2011
- CACAC, Dr. Ricardo Gerónimo PÉREZ SARRÍA, retrieved July 16, 2011
- Clavelo Robinson, Javier (November 28, 2007), 23 athletics greats to be inducted into the CAC Hall of Fame, IAAF, retrieved July 16, 2011
- Hosts win first CAC Half Marathon Cup. IAAF (2005-12-07). Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
- IAAF (November 19, 2011), IAAF Council Meeting, Monaco, Day One, retrieved July 22, 2011
- Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (December 24, 2010), CAC NEWS Update: Dec 24th. 2010 (PDF), retrieved July 22, 2011