South American Beach Games
The South American Beach Games is a biennial multi-beach-sport event in which South American countries compete. The event is overseen by the South American Sports Organization (ODESUR).
The event was held for the first time in 2009 in Uruguay. It was then held in Manta, Ecuador in 2011 and Vargas, Venezuela in 2014 were the two other editions held for the games. The fourth edition of the games were planned to be held in Peru in 2015, but were cancelled by the host country. The next event will be in Rosario Argentina in 2019.
Sports which have been oincluded in these Games include Beach football, Beach handball, Sailing, Surfing, Open water swimming, Beach rugby, Beach tennis, Triathlon, Beach volleyball, and Water skiing. For each sport, separate medal competitions are held for both men and women.
A total of 10 to 14 nations have participated in the games held thus far. Brazil has been the most dominant country in the games thus far winning the most gold medals. Argentina is a close second in gold medals won but has even surpassed Brazil in the total medals won. Ecuador and Venezuela have also had huge success, with Venezuela winning the most medals in 2014 games when they were the host nation.
The Next South American Beach Games
- Rosario, Argentina in 2019
Sports of the South American Beach Games
Here are the list of sports for the 2019 event in Argentina
- Beach handball
- Beach football
- Beach Rugby
- Beach Tennis
- Beach volleyball
- Coastal rowing
- Open water swimming
- Stand Up Paddle Surf
- Water skiing