Bolivarian Games

The Bolivarian Games are a multi-sport competition involving athletes from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. The games attract these countries top athletes to compete in events similar to those at the Olympics.

These games were a celebration for the city of Bogotá’s 400th year anniversary. They have been held every 4 years since 1973. The purpose of these games are to inspire unity through sport amongst the Bolivarian countries.

In 2010, the Bolivarian Sports Organization (Organización Deportiva Bolivariana, ODEBO) announced Chile as its 7th member. This organization then became a sub-organization for the Pan American Sports Organization.

In regards to the medals earned, Peru was once the dominant country until the 1960s. Now, Venezuela dominates the games.

Interesting Fact: The Bolivarian Games serve to commemorate Simón Bolívar, aka “El Libertador.” Simón was the leader of many independence movements throughout South America during a period of conflicts that came to be called Bolívar’s War. Eventually, liberty was achieved for the countries of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia where he is now revered as their hero.

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