The Pan American Sports Organization received with deep sadness the news on the passing of Mr. Philip R. Guishard, Secretary General of the Bermuda Olympic Association, last August the 28th.
Mr. Guishard was a distinguished and loyal member of the Olympic Movement, who worked with devotion to promote the values of sport and further its development in our continent.
On behalf of the Pan American Sports Organization, Dr. Julio C. Maglione conveyed heartfelt condolences to the Bermuda Olympic Association’s President, Mrs. Judy S. Simons.
Mr. Guishard will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Athletes from countries members of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) won a total of 210 medals in the recently concluded Rio 2016 Olympic Games, of which 76 were gold, 58 silver and 76 bronze.
First place in the general medal standings belongs to the United States, which won 46 gold medals, 47 silver and 38 bronze, for a total of 121 medals. The USA is followed by Brazil (7-6-6=19); Jamaica (6-3-2=11); Cuba (5-2-4=11); Canada (4-3-15=22); Colombia (3-2-3=8) and Argentina (3-1-0=4).
The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, declared closed the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, stating Rio 2016 was "marvelous". The head of the IOC asserted these were “marvelous Olympic Games in a Marvelous City” and highlighted the “unique legacy” that according to him, the event will leave for future generations.
Carlos Nuzman, second vice president of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), Honorary Member of the International Olympic Committee, President of the Olympic Committee of Brazil and President of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee participated in the ceremony.
Colombia, Argentina and Cuba finish their participation pleased; for Mexico and other Latin American countries, a taste of failure.
Colombia left the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with the satisfaction of having done a good job after winning eight medals, three gold, two silver and three bronze. Argentina left as well with its job practically done, with a few exceptions but proud of the fact that it matched its best performance of three golds and one silver since London 1948, while Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico were not as lucky to win the coveted prize.
Uruguay’s small Olympic delegation, composed by 17 members, did not win medals in Rio 2016, but inspired sports fans with good individual results, particularly in athletics, where milestones were achieved for the country.
Being at the podium in Brazil was almost utopic for Uruguay, especially due to the fact that it did not participate in football, a sport in which the country has won various world and continental titles.