Key Facts




Trinidad and Tobago has been awarded and will host the inaugural Caribbean Games in 2009. It is indeed an honour to host an event of this kind because we will once again have the opportunity to showcase our country and our ability to successfully manage one sporting event comprising five (5) major sporting disciplines.


A)     About Caribbean Games 2009

Caribbean Games 2009 is the first ever multi-disciplined regional sporting events forum where the best senior athletes from 26 Caribbean countries will compete in track & field, indoor and beach volleyball, netball, boxing and tennis at various locations, throughout Trinidad and Tobago from 12th to 19th July, 2009.  It is the most important sporting event in the region in 2009.  .This is a true showcase of Caribbean sporting excellence where the Caribbean’s very own Olympic Games and our very own Olympic Medallists will compete on home ground. It’s a competition for Caribbean countries, by Caribbean countries and will be set and conducted under international standards. 


Additional facts about the Games:


  • 1999 - The Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) was formed. Their #1 priority was to create a Games that celebrated sporting excellence among the best Caribbean athletes. 
  • 2000 - The Caribbean Heads of Government agreed that these games should be held every 4 years.  It was also decided that the Olympic movement was the best group to oversee the activities. 
  • 2003 - CANOC chose Trinidad and Tobago as the host country for the inaugural Caribbean Games. That local Olympic movement – Trinidad ad Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) – was given the responsibility to organise the Games.
  • 2005 October - The Government of Trinidad and Tobago confirmed that it would host the inaugural Caribbean Games.
  • The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has committed to host the inaugural edition of the Games to be held from 12th – 19th July, 2009, and which will see for the first time regional history of a multi disciplined sporting competition.
  • The Caribbean Games will be held quadriennally, in the year immediately following the Olympic Games.
  • The Caribbean Games 2009 is open to all members of CANOC.  Qualifying standards are established in consultation with the international and regional federations.
  • Teams will be selected by their national Olympic Committees. The age limit for participants in  team sports will be decided by CANOC, while individual sports have no age limit
  • The Caribbean Games is the most important sporting event in the region in 2009.  As this is the inaugural Games and a wholly Caribbean endeavour with Trinidad and Tobago as host, CANOC is keen to present a memorable event.

B)     Who will participate / attend?


·         Anguilla                                                Haiti

·         Antigua Barbuda                                   Jamaica

·         Aruba                                                   Martinique

·         Bahamas                                               Montserrat

·         Barbados                                              Netherlands Antilles

·         Belize                                                   Puerto Rico

·         Bermuda                                               St. Kitts & Nevis

·         British Virgin Islands                              St. Lucia

·         Cayman Islands                                     St. Vincent & the Grenadines

·         Cuba                                                     Suriname

·         Dominica                                              Trinidad & Tobago

·         Dominican Republic                               Turks & Caicos Islands

·         Grenada                                                US Virgin Islands

·         Guyana                                    


C)     Who is behind the Games?



TTOC – has been given responsibility to handle Caribbean Games 2009

Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs


D)     Where are they going to be held?



Athletics:                      Hasely Crawford Stadium

Boxing:                         Woodbrook Youth Facility

Netball:                         Jean Pierre Complex

Indoor Volleyball:          UWI Spec

Beach Volleyball:          Saith Park Chaguanas

Tennis:                          Shaw Park Tobago. 


Event Ambassadors


Ato Boldon, Hasely Crawford and Grace Jackson are all Ambassadors of the Games.