Pan American Games History

Pan America Games is an all sport gaming event where all the countries of America participate in it. Athletes from all across America come together to compete with each other and be the best in their respective field. This competition is a platform for true competition between athletes and also is a symbolic event for friendship. The Pan America Games is held once in four years. Ideally these games are held in the year preceding the Olympic Games. The Pan America Games has a long history which dates back to 1951 when the first Pan America Games were hosted. The first Pan America Games was hosted in Buenos Aires and Argentina.

Pan America Games History

Though the first Pan America Games were held in 1951, the idea originated way back in 1932 during the Los Angeles Olympic Games. The Latin American delegations proposed of having regional games in the American countries so that they can encourage more athletes in participating in the Olympics. After lot of research and planning, the first Pan America Sports Congress had their first ever meeting in 1940 in Buenos Aires. In the very first meeting the idea of Pan America Games was very convincing and Buenos Aires itself was chosen as the first host of Pan America Games. But subsequently, in 1942 due to the World War II, the games were postponed. Although the event did not take course, a single poster was created on the behalf of the first ever Pan America Games. Eventually Pan America Games were held in 1951.

Since then Pan America Games are conducted every 4 years. The efficiency of the sporting organization is very high as they have not failed even once and have consistently hosted the games every 4 years without fail.

In the first Pan America Games, 21 countries participated and 18 sports were conducted. In all the sports together 2,513 athletes participated and the event was an instant success. The prospects this event gaining recognition was evident which proved true in the coming years. With every year there were more athletes participating and more countries were coming into the league of these games.

In 1955, the organizing body of the Pan America Games was renamed to Pan America Sports Organization (PASO). The same year the games were held in Mexico City. With the inclusion of Canada the total number of countries participating in the games moved up to 22.

Including the Caribbean countries, the total numbers of countries in the present Pan America Games which are participating are 42 countries. These countries come from North, South and Central America regions.

Winter Pan America Games

In 1951, PASO expressed their interest in hosting Winter games. But not many countries were interested in participating in this contest. This made PASO to drop the plans of hosting Winter games. Again an attempt was made to initiate winter games in 1959, but due to the same reason it was canceled. Finally in 1988, PASO proposed winter games which was readily accepted by many countries. In September 1989, the first Winter Pan America Games were hosted in Las Lenas, Argentina. As an additional feature, even Winter Pan America Games were declared to be a once in 4 years event.

Presently the countries which participate in Pan America Games are

  • Antigua & Barbuda (ANT)
  • Argentina (ARG)
  • Aruba (ARU)
  • Bahama (BAH)
  • Barbados (BAR)
  • Belize (BIZ)
  • Bermudas (BER)
  • Bolivia (BOL)
  • Brazil (BRA)
  • Canada (CAN)
  • Cayman Islands (CAI)
  • Chile (CHI)
  • Colîmbia (COL)
  • Costa Rica (CRC)
  • Cuba (CUB)
  • Dominica (DMA)
  • Dominican Republic (DOM)
  • Dutch Antilles (AHO)
  • Ecuador (EQU)
  • El Salvador (ESA)
  • Granada (GRN)
  • Guatemala (GUA)
  • Guyana (GUI)
  • Haiti (HAI)
  • Honduras (HON)
  • Jamaica (JAM)
  • Mexico (MEX)
  • Nicarágua (NCA)
  • Panama (PAN)
  • Paraguay (PAR)
  • Peru (PER)
  • Puerto Rico (PUR)
  • S. Vicente e Granadinas (VIN)
  • Saint Kitts e Nevis (SKN)
  • Santa Lúcia (LCA)
  • Surinam (SUR)
  • Trinidad & Tobago (TRI)
  • United States (EUA)
  • Uruguay (URU)
  • Venezuela (VEN)
  • Virgin Islands (ISV)
  • Virgin Islands Britânicas (IVB)

The various sporting events which are included in Pan America Games as of today are

  • Karate
  • Taekwondo
  • Judo
  • Fencing
  • Boxing
  • Archery
  • Wrestling
  • Weighting Lifting
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Triathlon
  • Cycling
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Squash
  • Softball
  • Team Handball
  • Racquetball
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Equestrian
  • Aquatics
  • Canoe/ Kayak
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Water Skiing
  • Field Hockey
  • Roller Skating
  • Football
  • Shooting