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The Central American Games (Spanish : Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos) are a multi-sport regional championships event, held quadrennial (every 4 years), typically in the first year after Summer Olympics. The Games are open for member federations of the Central American Sports Organization (Spanish: Organización Deportiva Centroamericana) ORDECA in Central American countries. (in Spanish)
Spanish or Castilian is a Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers in the Americas and Spain. It is a global language and the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese.
A multi-sport event is an organized sporting event, often held over multiple days, featuring competition in many different sports among organized teams of athletes from (mostly) nation-states. The first major, modern, multi-sport event of international significance is the modern Olympic Games.
The Central American Sports Organization is an international organization which represents the current 7 National Olympic Committees of the Central American region. It is affiliated with the Pan American Sports Organization.
The Games have had an equivalent to the Olympic Flame, being ignited in Q'umarkaj, one of the ancient cultural Mayan centers located in El Quiché, Guatemala.However, some people and organizations have criticised the games for not including the Mesoamerican ballgame, the oldest ball sport in the continent, on the sports programme.
Quiché is a department of Guatemala.
Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize and the Caribbean to the northeast, Honduras to the east, El Salvador to the southeast and the Pacific Ocean to the south. With an estimated population of around 16.6 million, it is the most populated country in Central America. Guatemala is a representative democracy; its capital and largest city is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City.
The Mesoamerican ballgame was a sport with ritual associations played since 1400 B.C. by the pre-Columbian people of Ancient Mesoamerica. The sport had different versions in different places during the millennia, and a newer more modern version of the game, ulama, is still played in a few places by the indigenous population.
The competition is the second multi-sport event to have the name: the Central American and Caribbean Games began life in 1926 as the Central American Games and had this moniker until it expanded its remit in 1935.
The Central American and Caribbean Games are a multi-sport regional championship event, held quadrennial, typically in the middle (even) year between Summer Olympics. The Games are for countries in Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the South American Caribbean countries of Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela.
|Year||Event||Opened by||Host Country||Host City||Duration||Countries||Sports||Athletes||Top Placed Team|
|1973||I||Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre||Guatemala City||24 November – 2 December||6||16||966|
|1977||II||Carlos Humberto Romero||San Salvador||25 November – 4 December||5||18||1282|
|1986||III||Guatemala City||4–10 January||5||20 + 3 exh.||1320|
|1990||IV||José Azcona||Tegucigalpa||5–14 January||6||22 + 1 exh.||2082|
|1994||V||Armando Calderón Sol||San Salvador||25 November – 1 December||7||27||2112|
|1997||VI||Carlos Roberto Reina||San Pedro Sula||5–15 December||7||25 + 1 exh.||2290|
|2001||VII||Harris Whitbeck||Guatemala City||22 November – 3 December||7||29 + 1 exh.||2182|
|2006||VIII||Melitón Sánchez||Managua||2–12 March||6||19||1095|
|2010||IX||Ricardo Martinelli||Panama City||9–19 April||6||23||1739|
|2013||X||Laura Chinchilla||San José||3–17 March||7||26 + 3 exh.||2738|
|2017||XI||Daniel Ortega||Managua||3–17 December||7||27 + 1 exh.||3500|
|2021||XII||Santa Tecla||5–19 December||7|
|Totals (7 nations)||1886||1890||2165||5941|
Disciplines from the same sport are grouped under the same color:
Aquatics – Cycling – Football – Gymnastics – Roller sports – Volleyball
The Central American Games football tournament is a football competition organised by UNCAF and ORDECA. It is scheduled to be held every four years.
Volleyball has been in the Central American Games event since the first inaugural edition in 1973 in Guatemala City, Guatemala Since then the volleyball competitions for both men and women was presented in all editions except the 2006 Central American Games Edition That was Cancelled at that time.
|Open water swimming||X||X|
|Roller speed skating||FIRS||CPRS||X †||X|
|Beach Volleyball||FIVB||NORCECA||X †||X||X||X|
†: Exhibition contest
The Bolivarian Games are a regional multi-sport event held in honor of Simón Bolívar, and organized by the Bolivarian Sports Organization. The event is open to athletes from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. In 2010, ODEBO decided to include Chile as seventh member of ODEBO.
The 21st Central American and Caribbean Games took place in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, from 18 July 2010 to 1 August 2010.
The IX Central American Games was a multi-sport event that took place between 9 and 19 April 2010. The competition featured 23 sports which were contested at various venues, with Panama acting as the primary host country and El Salvador playing a supporting role.
The 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games were held in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Athletics competitions have been held at the quadrennial Central American Games that are open for member federations of the Central American Sports Organization ORDECA since the inaugural edition 1973 in Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala. The 1981 games was cancelled due to the unstable political situation in the region. In 2006 the athletics events were not contested by Costa Rica, El Salvador or Panamá. In 2010, Guatemala did not participate.
The VIII Central American Games was a multi-sport event that took place between 3 and 12 March 2006.
Athletics competitions at the 2001 Central American Games were held at the Estadio La Pedrera in Guatemala City, Guatemala, between November 30 - December 3, 2001.
The VII Central American Games was a multi-sport event that took place between 22 November and 3 December 2001.
Athletics competitions at the 1997 Central American Games were held at the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, between December 12-15, 1997.
The VI Central American Games was a multi-sport event that took place between 5–15 December 1997. The shooting competitions were hosted by San Salvador, El Salvador.
Athletics competitions at the 1994 Central American Games were held at the Estadio Flor Blanca in San Salvador, El Salvador, in November – December 1, 1994.
Athletics competitions at the 1990 Central American Games were held at the Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in January, 1990.
Athletics competitions at the 1986 Central American Games were held at the Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in January 1986.
Athletics competitions at the 1973 Central American Games were held at the Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in November 1973.
The V Central American Sports Games was a multi-sport event held in San Salvador, El Salvador between January 10 and January 23, 1994.
The IV Central American Games was a multi-sport event that took place between 5–14 January 1990. The games were officially opened by Honduran president José Azcona. Torch lighter was Zacarías Arzú, who represented Honduras internationally in both baseball and football.
The III Central American Games was a multi-sport event that took place between 4–10 January 1986. Initially, the Games were scheduled for 1981 in Managua, Nicaragua, but were cancelled due to the unstable political situation.
The II Central American Games was a multi-sport event that took place between 25 November - 4 December 1977.
The I Central American Games was a multi-sport event that took place between 24 November - 2 December 1973.