The Pan American Games

Since 1951 the Pan American Games have been held every four years just a year prior to the Summer Olympic Games. It is a competition that has seen thousands of athletes converge every single year to represent their nations more so considering that the competition targets all the Americas Nations.

Each of the hosting nations of this event is tasked with the duty of hosting both theĀ  Pan American Games together with the ParaPan American Games that are held concurrently. The host city is selected by PASO (Pan American Sports Organization) which is the governing body of the event and from there hence forth, the city chosen is responsible for the funding, organizations of the celebrations as well as the games and any other matter of concern. However, for a nation to qualify for selection they must have established a National Olympic committee which is affiliated to PASO and the IOC has to recognize that committee.

Ideally there are over 5,000 competing athletes in each of the 36 sports and close to 400 events. The athletes that finish first, second and third are rewarded with gold, silver and bronze medals respectively. For an athlete to be able to participate, they must be citizen of the nation that they are representing and must also meet the requirements stipulated by the Olympic charter.

Buenos Aires was the city that was lucky to be the first ever host of the competition in 1951. Since then, only one edition of the Winter Pan American Games has been held and that was back in 1990. The last edition of this event was held in Toronto in July 10-26, 2015, with the Parapan Games held the following month, on Aug 7-14.

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