The Bahamas will host the Games for the eighth time since it was started by the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) in 1972. Only countries associated with CARIFTA may compete and The Bahamas has won the Games four times – in 1980, 1981, 1983, and 1984.
This annual athletic competition brings together the best track and field athletes from 26 countries in the Caribbean, featuring some 500 athletes and 150 team officials. It consists of 65 track and field events, including sprint races, hurdles, middle distance track events, jumping and throwing events, and relays, in line with the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) guidelines for junior athletes. The games have two age categories – under 17 and under 20.
The opening ceremony is on March 30 at 6:00 p.m. Competitive events will be held March 31 through April 2 / Event times: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.