Pan American Games

Publication date: 27 Oct 2022

About the Pan American Games

The Pan American Games are major international summer sporting events involving athletes from both American continents. The Games are held every 4 years when the Summer Olympic Games are not held.

2023 Pan American Games

The XIX Pan-American Games will take place in Santiago, Chile, from 20 October to 5 November 2023. The event is organized by Panam Sports, an international organization of national Olympic committees.

One third of the total budget is reserved for the construction of new sports facilities and the modernization of existing arenas.

It is expected that all countries that are members of Panam Sports will take part in the competition.

So far, it is known that the games will feature 39 sports, 28 of which are Olympic sports.

History of the Pan American Games

The idea for such an event originated at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The Latin American representatives of the IOC proposed the creation of a competition that would take place between South American and North American countries. It was not until nearly 20 years later, in 1951, that the first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Brazil. 2,513 athletes from 14 countries competed in 18 sports.

Later, the organizers came up with the idea of staging a winter Games. The idea was realized only once, in 1990. Unlike the Summer Games, however, most countries did not support the idea, for a variety of reasons.

Previous winners of the Pan American Games

The year Venue Winner/Medals by country
2019 Lima, Peru USA (122 gold, 87 silver, 84 bronze)

Brazil (54 gold, 45 silver, 70 bronze)

Mexico (37 gold, 39 silver, 62 bronze)

2015 Toronto, Canada  USA ( 122 gold, 87 silver, 84 bronze)

Canada (78 gold, 70 silver, 71 bronze)

Brazil (42 gold, 39 silver, 60 bronze)

2018 Saudi Arabia USA (92 gold, 79 silver, 66 bronze)

Cuba (58 gold, 35 silver, 43 bronze)

Brazil (48 gold, 35 silver, 58 bronze)

2027 Pan American Games

According to preliminary information, the XX Pan American Games are scheduled to take place in July 2027. It is already known that the international multi-sport event will take place in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia. It is expected that all the countries that are members of Panam Sports will take part in the event.

Keep an eye on the dates of international competitions and other events in our Sporting Events Calendar.

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