HISTORY

The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1951 but originated more than two decades earlier.

During the Olympic Congress, which coincided with the celebration of the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, France, where the International Olympic Committee members from Cuba, Guatemala and Mexico proposed the establishment of regional games which involve the countries of Central America. These games came true two years later when Mexico City hosted the first Central American Games.

During the 1932 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, some of the representatives of the Latin American delegations proposed the regional games held throughout the Americas. This proposal finally got to meet in Buenos Aires, for the first time, the Pan American Sports Congress in August 1940. Congress chose Buenos Aires as the host of the first Pan American Games in 1942 but World War II forced the postponement of such games. Although the 1942 Pan American Games ever held one poster was created for the occasion. The countries of the Commonwealth (Commonwealth) did not participate in the Pan American Sports Congress in the early years. A second Pan American Sports Congress met in London during the 1948 Olympic Games and there plans resurfaced.

The first Pan American Games were inaugurated in Buenos Aires on February 25, 1951. More than 2,500 athletes from 22 countries. The organization that governs the games is the Pan American Sport Organization PASO [Pan American Sports Organization (PASO)]. Today the organization is comprised of 42 nations of North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The official languages ​​are Spanish and English.

THE ORGANIZATION OF THE PAN AMERICAN GAMES

The Statutes of the Pan American Sports Organization stipulate that the Games shall be held each four years, and this has been complied without interruption since 1951 until the present day.

To participate in the Games, a country must have established a National Olympic Committee recognized by the IOC and affiliated to PASO.

The competing athletes must be nationals of the country they represent and fulfill all the requirements established to that effect by the Olympic Charter.

The programme of the Pan-American Games shall only include those sports governed by the International Federations recognized by the IOC, and said programme shall be composed of all those sports, disciplines and events contained in the official programme of the next Olympic Summer Games to be held a year after the Pan American Games. It may, furthermore, include a determined number of non-Olympic sports duly recognized by PASO.

Locations

 

Argentina 1951

Participants: 22 countries and 2, 500 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- Argentina 68…47…39…154

2.- USA 46…33…19…98

3.- Chile 8…19…12…39

 

Mexico City 1955

Participants: 22 countries and 2, 583 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 88…58…38…184

2.- Argentina 27…33…20…80

3.- Mexico. 17…11…30…58

 

Chicago 1959

Participants: 25 countries and 2, 263 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 122…73…54…249

2.- Argentina 9…22…12…43

3.- Brazil 8…8…6…22

 

Sao Paulo 1963

Participants: 22 countries and 1, 665 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 109…56…36…201

2.- Brazil 14…21…18…53

3.- Canada 10…27…25…62

 

Winnipeg 1967

Participants: 29 countries and 2, 361 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 120…63…42…225

2.- Canadá 12…37…43…92

3.- Brazil 11…10…5…26

 

Cali 1971

Participants: 32 countries and 2, 935 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 105…74…39…218

2.- Cuba 30…49…26…105

3.- Canadá 19…20…42…81

 

Mexico City 1975

Participants: 33 countries and 3, 146 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 117…82…47…246

2.- Cuba 57…45…32…134

3.- Canada 18…35…38…91

 

San Juan 1979

Participants: 34 countries and 3, 700 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 126…95…45…266

2.- Cuba 64…47…34…145

3.- Canada 24…43…70…137

 

Caracas 1983

Participants: 36 countries and 3, 426 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 148…101…53…302

2.- Cuba 80…49…45…174

3.- Canada 22…42…55…119

 

Indianapolis 1987

Participants: 38 countries and 4, 453 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 168…118…83…369

2.- Cuba 75…52…48…175

3.- Canada 30…57…75…162

 

La Habana 1991

Participants: 39 countries and 4, 519 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- Cuba 140…62…63…265

2.- USA 130…125…97…352

3.- Canada 22…46…59…127

 

Mar del Plata 1995

Participants: 42 countries and 5, 144 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 170…144…110…424

2.- Cuba 112…67…59…238

3.- Canada 47…61…69…177

 

Winnipeg 1999

Participants: 42 countries and 5, 083 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 106…110…80…296

2.- Cuba 69…39…47…155

3.- Canada 64…52…80…196

 

Santo Domingo 2003

Participants: 42 countries and 5, 223 atlethes

Medallero:

1.- USA 117…80…72…269

2.- Cuba 72…41…39…152

3.- Canada 29…57…42…128

 

Río de Janeiro 2007

Participants: 42 countries and 5, 633 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 97…88…52…237

2.- Cuba 59…35…41…135

3.- Brazil 52…40…65…157

 

Guadalajara 2011

Participants: 42 countries and 6, 003 atlethes

Medal: Gold Silver Bronze

1.- USA 92…79…65…236

2.- Cuba 58…35…43…136

3.- Brazil 48…35…58…141

 

Toronto 2015

PASO

Pan American Sports Organization

Valentin Gomez Farías #51

San Rafael

Mexico, D.F. 06470

Tel.: +52 55 57054657

Fax.: +52 55 57052275