13 Facts About Pan American Games


Pan American Games is a continental multi-sport event in the Americas featuring summer sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions.

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In 2021, the Junior Pan American Games was held for the first time specifically for young athletes.

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XVIII Pan American Games were held in Lima from 26 July to 11 August 2019; the XIX Pan American Games will be held in Santiago from 20 October to 5 November 2023.

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The Pan American Games program, consisting of the sports to be contested at the Games, is determined by PASO.

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The celebration of the Pan American Games encompasses many rituals and symbols, such as the flag and torch, and the opening and closing ceremonies.

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Idea of holding a Pan American Games was first raised at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where Latin American representatives of the International Olympic Committee suggested that a competition among all the countries in the Americas should be created.

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Pan American Games Movement encompasses a number of national and international sporting organizations and federations, recognized media partners, athletes, officials, judges, and every other person and institution that agrees to abide by the rules of the Olympic Charter .

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For example: at the 2007 Pan American Games who was held in Brazil, the first language was Brazilian Portuguese.

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Pan American Games Movement uses symbols to represent the ideals embodied in the Pan American Games charter.

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Similar to the Olympic flame, the Pan American Games flame is lit well before the Games are to commence.

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Finally, the Pan American Games torch is brought into the stadium and passed on until it reaches the final torch carrier—often a well-known and successful athlete from the host nation—who lights the Pan American Games flame in the stadium's cauldron.

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The president of the organizing committee and the president of PASO make their closing speeches, the Games are officially closed, and the Pan American Games family is invited to participate at the next Games.

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Host city for a Pan American Games is usually chosen six years ahead of their celebration.

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