Central American and Caribbean Games

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Central American and Caribbean Games (CACGs)
Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe (in Spanish)
First eventOctober 30 – November 2, 1926
Occur everynormally 4 years
Last eventJune 23– July 8, 2023
PurposeSports for Central American and Caribbean people
OrganizationCentro Caribe Sports (formerly CACSO)
Silver coin: 5 Balboas, Panama - 11th Central American and Caribbean Games, 1970
Central American and Caribbean Games 2010, Triathlon, in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

The Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC or CACGs) are a multi-sport regional championship event, held quadrennial (once every four years), typically in the middle (even) year between Summer Olympics. The games are for 32 countries and 5 territories in Central America, the Caribbean (Caribbean Countries), Mexico, and the South American Caribbean countries of Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela.

The games are overseen by Centro Caribe Sports (formerly CACSO).[1] They are designed to provide a step between sub-CACG-region Games held the first year following a Summer Olympics (e.g. Central American Games) and the Continental Championships, the Pan American Games, held the year before the Summer Olympics.

The last Games were held in San Salvador between 23 June to 8 July 2023. The next Games will be held in Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic as main host in 2026.

History[edit]

The CACGs are the oldest continuing regional games in the world,[2] and only the Olympics have run longer. Mexico, Cuba and Guatemala were the three countries present at the first games, which were then called the Central American Games. In 1935 their name was changed to Central American and Caribbean Games to reflect expanding participation.

The 1942 edition was suspended after the impact of the World War II.

A "Central American Games" does exist today, Juegos Centroamericanos, involving just Central American countries.

Editions[edit]

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1926,1954,1990
2014
2010
2006
1993
1978
1974,2026
1986
1966
1962
1959
1950
1946,2018
1938,1970
1935,2002,2023
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1930,1982
Host cities of the Central American and Caribbean Games

The first two editions of the Games were known as the "Central American Games" at the time, but the edition lineage continued after the inclusion of the Caribbean nations in 1935.[3]

Year Edition Host city Host nation
(as recognized by the IOC)
Dates Nations Events Sports Competitors Top placed team
1926 1 Mexico City  Mexico October 30 – November 2 3 39 8 269  Mexico
1930 2 Havana  Cuba March 15 – April 15 9 44 10 596  Cuba
1935 3 San Salvador  El Salvador March 16 – April 5 9 79 14 741  Mexico
1938 4 Panama City  Panama February 5 – February 24 10 96 17 1216  Mexico
1946 5 Barranquilla  Colombia March 5 – March 25 13 107 18 1540  Mexico
1950 6 Guatemala City  Guatemala February 28 – March 12 14 115 19 1390  Mexico
1954 7 Mexico City  Mexico March 5 – March 20 12 122 19 1356  Mexico
1959 8 Caracas  Venezuela January 6 – January 15 12 118 17 1150  Mexico
1962 9 Kingston  Jamaica August 15 – August 28 15 112 17 1559  Mexico
1966 10 San Juan  Puerto Rico July 11 – July 25 18 137 17 1689  Mexico
1970 11 Panama City  Panama February 28 – March 13 21 182 16 2095  Cuba
1974 12 Santo Domingo  Dominican Republic February 27 – March 13 23 171 18 1928  Cuba
1978 13 Medellín  Colombia July 7 – July 28 19 188 21 2605  Cuba
1982 14 Havana  Cuba August 7 – August 18 22 246 24 2799  Cuba
1986 15 Santiago de los Caballeros  Dominican Republic June 24 – July 5 26 288 25 2963  Cuba
1990 16 Mexico City  Mexico November 20 – December 3 29 359 30 4206  Cuba
1993 17 Ponce  Puerto Rico November 19 – November 30 31 385 33 3,570  Cuba
1998 18 Maracaibo  Venezuela August 8 – August 22 31 376 30 5200  Cuba
2002 19 San Salvador  El Salvador November 19 – November 30 31 435 38 4,301  Mexico
2006 20 Cartagena  Colombia July 15 – July 30 32 449 37 4,865  Cuba
2010 21 Mayagüez  Puerto Rico July 17 – August 1 31 492 42 5204  Mexico
2014 22 Veracruz  Mexico November 14 – November 30 31 427 36 5707  Cuba
2018 23 Barranquilla  Colombia July 19 – August 3 37 470 36 5854  Mexico
2023 24 San Salvador  El Salvador June 23 – July 8 38  Mexico
2026 25 Santo Domingo  Dominican Republic July 24 – August 8

Sports[edit]

Sport 1926 1930 1935 1938 1946 1950 1954 1959 1962 1966 1970 1974 1978 1982 1986 1990 1993 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018
Archery X X X X X X X X X X
Athletics X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Badminton X X X X X X
Baseball X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Basketball X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Basque Pelota X X X
Beach Volleyball X X X X X X
Bowling X X X X X X X X X X
Boxing X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Canoeing X X X X X X X
Cycling X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Diving X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Equestrian X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Fencing X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Field hockey X X X X X X X X X X
Football X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Golf X X X X X X X
Artistic gymnastics X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Rhythmic gymnastics X X X X X X
Trampoline

X

X X
Handball X X X X X X
Judo X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Karate X X X X X X X
Modern pentathlon X X X X X
Racquetball X X X X X X X X
Roller skating X X X X X X
Rowing X X X X X X X X X X
Rugby Sevens X X X
Sailing X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Shooting X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Softball X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Squash X X X X X
Swimming X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Synchronized swimming X X X X X X X X X X X
Table tennis X X X X X X X X X X
Taekwondo X X X X X X X X
Tennis X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Triathlon X X X X X X
Volleyball X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Water polo X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Water ski X X
Weightlifting X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Wrestling X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

Nations[edit]

Nation 1926 1930 1935 1938 1946 1950 1954 1959 1962 1966 1970 1974 1978 1982 1986 1990 1993 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018
 AHO X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 ARU X X X X X X X X
 ATG X X X X X X X X X
 BAH X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 BAR X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 BER X X X X X X X X X X X X
 BIZ X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 IVB X X X X X X X X X X
 CAY X X X X X X X X X
 COL X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 CRC X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 CUB X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 DMA X X X X X X
 DOM X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 ESA X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 GRN X X X X X X X X X
 GUA X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 GUY X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 HAI X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 HON X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 ISV X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 JAM X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 LCA X X X X X X X
 MEX X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 NCA X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 PAN X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 PUR X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 SKN X X X X X X X
 SUR X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 TRI X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
 VIN X X X X X X X X
 VEN X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

Historical medal count[edit]

Centroamerican games 2010 gold medal, held in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Updated after the 2023 Games:[4][5]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Cuba (CUB)192810208103758
2 Mexico (MEX)1512144112784231
3 Venezuela (VEN)63086610712567
4 Colombia (COL)6177087212046
5 Puerto Rico (PUR)3685427741684
6 Dominican Republic (DOM)197315485997
7 Jamaica (JAM)115128147390
8 Guatemala (GUA)105184370659
9 Panama (PAN)94162187443
10 Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)6091118269
11 El Salvador (SLV)59127242428
12 Costa Rica (CRC)4256124222
13 Netherlands Antilles (ANT)313148110
14 Bahamas (BAH)28263387
15 Barbados (BAR)18175590
16Centro Caribe Sports17273579
17 U.S. Virgin Islands (VIR)13201952
18 Suriname (SUR)1351230
19 Guyana (GUY)8153760
20 Aruba (ABW)8101735
21 British Virgin Islands (VGB)61310
22 Cayman Islands (CYM)56920
23 Saint Lucia (LCA)5229
24 Nicaragua (NIC)4166282
25 Honduras (HON)3134763
26 Haiti (HTI)3122540
27 Bermuda (BMU)281828
28 Belize (BLZ)1225
29 Dominica (DMA)1045
30 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (VCT)1012
31 Antigua and Barbuda (ATG)05611
32 Grenada (GRD)0347
33 Saint Kitts and Nevis (KNA)0167
34 Curaçao (CUW)0101
35 Guadeloupe (GLP)0033
36 Martinique (MTQ)0022
Totals (36 entries)58945861677718532

Central American and Caribbean Beach Games[edit]

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none
2025
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2022
Host cities of the Central American and Caribbean Beach Games
Year Edition Host city Host nation
(as recognized by the IOC)
Dates Nations Events Sports Competitors Top placed team
2022 1[6] Santa Marta  Colombia November 19 – November 26 26 38 10 544  Venezuela
2025 2[7] Puntarenas  Costa Rica TBD 32 47 19 1500

Central American and Caribbean Junior Games[edit]

Year Edition Host city Host nation
(as recognized by the IOC)
Dates Nations Events Sports Competitors Top placed team
2024 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Spanish) ODECABE website www.odecabe.org; retrieved 2010-03-03
  2. ^ History of CACSO Archived July 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine from the CACSO website (www.cacso.org); retrieved 2009-06-26.
  3. ^ "Nuevas marcas en Mayagüez 2010, y no han empezado los juegos - Primerahora.com". Archived from the original on 2010-07-20. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  4. ^ Medals – Total of Medals (1926-2010) from the ODECABE website (http://www.odecabe.org Archived 2012-09-09 at archive.today); retrieved 2014-11-26.
  5. ^ Veracruz 2014 – Medal Count Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine from the Veracruz 2014 website ("Veracruz 2014 | Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe Veracruz2014". Archived from the original on 2014-11-12. Retrieved 2014-11-11.); retrieved 2014-11-30.
  6. ^ "Central American and Caribbean Beach Games". Retrieved 2022-10-17.
  7. ^ "Costa Rica será sede de los Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe de Playa 2025". Retrieved 2024-02-08.

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