Bolivarian Games

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A statue of Simón Bolívar in Caracas, the inspiration for the Games.

The Bolivarian Games (Spanish: Juegos Bolivarianos, full name Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos) are a regional multi-sport event held in honor of Simón Bolívar, and organized by the Bolivarian Sports Organization (Organización Deportiva Bolivariana, ODEBO). 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.[1]


The first Games were held in 1938 in Bogotá, Colombia for the city's 400th anniversary, they have since been held irregularly, but every four years since 1973, with the last edition in Trujillo, Peru in 2013. Inspired by the events of 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin,[2] Alberto Nariño Cheyne was the key designer of the idea of a Games to foster unity among the Bolivarian countries through the means of sport.[3]

Following the first Games, the Bolivarian Sports Organization was formed as a sub-organisation of the Pan American Sports Organization by six founding members from the respective countries – Jorge Rodríguez Hurtado (Bolivia), Alberto Nariño Cheyne (Colombia), Galo Plaza Lasso (Ecuador), Luis Saavedra (Panama), Alfredo Hohagen Diez Canseco (Peru) and Julio Bustamante (Venezuela).[2]

In terms of medals, Peru was dominant in the early years of the competition but Venezuela has consistently been the most successful country since the 1960s.

A detailed history of the early editions of the Bolivarian Games between 1938 and 1989 was published in a book written (in Spanish) by José Gamarra Zorrilla, former president of the Bolivian Olympic Committee, and first president (1976-1982) of ODESUR.[4]


Year Games Host City Host Country Opened by Dates Nations Top medalling
1938 I Bogotá  Colombia Alfonso López Pumarejo 6–22 August 6  Peru
1947-48 II Lima  Peru José Luís Bustamante y Rivero 25 December – 8 January 6  Peru
1951 III Caracas  Venezuela Germán Suárez Flamerich 5–21 December 6  Peru
1961 IV Barranquilla  Colombia Alberto Lleras Camargo 3–16 December 5  Venezuela
1965 V Quito, Guayaquil  Ecuador Ramón Castro Jijón 20 November – 6 December 6  Venezuela
1970 VI Maracaibo  Venezuela Rafael Caldera 23 August – 6 September 6  Venezuela
1973 VII Panama City  Panama Demetrio Basilio Lakas 17 February – 3 March 5  Venezuela
1977 VIII La Paz  Bolivia Hugo Banzer 15–29 October 6  Venezuela
1981 IX Barquisimeto  Venezuela Luís Herrera Campins 4–14 December 6  Venezuela
1985 X Cuenca, Ambato, Portoviejo  Ecuador León Febres Cordero 9–18 November 6  Venezuela
1989 XI Maracaibo  Venezuela Jaime Lusinchi 14–25 January 6  Venezuela
1993 XII Cochabamba, Santa Cruz  Bolivia Jaime Paz Zamora 24 April – 2 May 6  Venezuela
1997 XIII Arequipa  Peru Alberto Fujimori 17–26 October 6  Venezuela
2001 XIV Ambato  Ecuador Roberto Hanze 7–16 September 6  Venezuela
2005 XV Armenia, Pereira  Colombia Álvaro Uribe 12–21 August 6  Venezuela
2009 XVI Sucre  Bolivia Evo Morales 15–26 November 6  Venezuela
2013 XVII Trujillo[5]  Peru Ollanta Humala 16–30 November 11  Colombia
2017 XVIII Santa Marta  Colombia 11–25 November 12 TBD

Beach Games[edit]

Year Games Host city Country Dates Nations Top medalling
2012 I Lima  Peru 1–11 November 10  Peru
2014 II Huanchaco[6]  Peru 3–12 December 11  Venezuela
2016 III Iquique[7]  Chile 18–27 November 11  Chile


The following table was compiled based on information extracted from a variety of sources.[4][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30] It should be considered as incomplete.

Disciplines from the same sport are grouped under the same color:

     Aquatics     Cycling     Football     Gymnastics     Roller sports     Volleyball

Sport (Discipline) Body 38 47 51 61 65 70 73 77 81 85 89 93 97 01 05 09 13
World South America
Diving Diving pictogram.svg FINA ASUA X X X X X X X X X X X X
Swimming Swimming pictogram.svg X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Synchronized swimming Synchronized swimming pictogram.svg X
Water polo Water polo pictogram.svg X X X X X
Archery Archery pictogram.svg FITA AAF X X X
Athletics Athletics pictogram.svg IAAF CONSUDATLE X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Badminton Badminton pictogram.svg BWF BPA X
Baseball Baseball pictogram.svg IBAF COPABE X X X X X X X X X X X X
Basketball Basketball pictogram.svg FIBA FIBA Americas X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Basque Pelota/
Pelota Nacional
Basque pelota pictogram.svg FIPV X X X
Billiards Cue sports pictogram.svg CMSB CPB X X X X X
Bodybuilding Bodybuilding pictogram.svg IFBB IFBBSud America X
Bola Criollas Bocce pictogram.svg FIB X
Bowling Bowling pictogram.svg FIQ PABCON X X X X X X X X X
Boxing Boxing pictogram.svg AIBA AMBC X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Caballos amaestrados
Dressage pictogram.svg X
Canoeing Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg ICF COPAC X X X
Chess Chess pictogram.svg FIDE CCA X X X X X X
Climbing Climbing pictogram.svg IFSC X X
Coleo Equestrian pictogram.svg X
BMX racing Cycling (BMX) pictogram.svg UCI COPACI X X
Mountain biking Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg X X
Road cycling Cycling (road) pictogram.svg X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Track cycling Cycling (track) pictogram.svg X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Equestrian Equestrian pictogram.svg FEI PAEC X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Fencing Fencing pictogram.svg FIE CPE X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Football Football pictogram.svg FIFA CONMEBOL X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Futsal Futsal pictogram.svg X
Golf Golf pictogram.svg IGF FSG X X X X
Artistic gymnastics Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg FIG UPAG X X X X X X X X X X X X
Rhythmic gymnastics Gymnastics (rhythmic) pictogram.svg X X X X
Judo Judo pictogram.svg IJF PJC X X X X X X X X X X X X
Karate Karate pictogram.svg WKF PKF X X X X X X
Modern pentathlon Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg UIPM X
Racquetball Racquets pictogram.svg IRF PARC X X X X
Roller speed skating Speed rolling pictogram.jpg FIRS CPRS X
Rowing Rowing pictogram.svg FISA X X
Rugby Rugby union pictogram.svg IRB CONSUR X
Sailing Sailing pictogram.svg ISAF SASC X X X X X X
Shooting Shooting pictogram.svg ISSF CAT X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Softball Softball pictogram.svg ISF CONPASA X X X X X X X
Squash Squash pictogram.svg WSF FPS X X X
Surfing Surfing pictogram.svg ISA APAS X X
Table tennis Table tennis pictogram.svg ITTF LATTU X X X X X X X X X X
Taekwondo Taekwondo pictogram.svg WTF PATU X X X X X X X
Tennis Tennis pictogram.svg ITF COSAT X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Triathlon Triathlon pictogram.svg ITU PATCO X X X
Beach volleyball Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg FIVB CSV X X X
Volleyball Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Water skiing Water skiing pictogram.svg IWWF IWWF Pan Am X
Weightlifting Weightlifting pictogram.svg IWF PAWC X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Wrestling Wrestling pictogram.svg FILA CPLA X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Total sports[8] 16 15 16 12 20 17 16 16 19 18 19 18 21 30 28 30

All-time medal count[edit]

The total medal count for all the Games until 2005 is tabulated below, this table is sorted by the number of gold medals earned by each country. The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next, and then the number of bronze medals.

Bolivarian Games Medal Count
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Venezuela 1401 1055 807 3263
2  Colombia 877 911 757 2545
3  Peru 463 518 607 1588
4  Ecuador 255 438 685 1382
5  Panama 183 175 269 627
6  Bolivia 76 140 296 512
Total 3265 3237 3421 9923


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