Pan American Games
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The idea of holding a Pan American Games grew from the Central American Games first organised in the 1920s. In 1932, a first proposal was made for Pan American Games, and the Pan American Sports Organization was established. The first Games were scheduled to be staged in Buenos Aires in 1943, but World War II caused them to be postponed until 1951. Since then, the Games have been held every four years, with partipication at the most recent event at over 5000 athletes from 42 countries.
However, the Pan American games have lost status and have not received much attention in the sporting press as of late in the United States and Canada. The 1999 games in Winnipeg were attended mainly by second-string American athletes and were not covered by any news anchors or television from the major U.S. broadcast networks, although a one-hour highlights package aired on ESPN after the games. In Canada, there was plenty of coverage, including a nightly two-hour program on CBC, with an additional hour on local affiliate CBWT, French-language coverage on Radio-Canada, plus daytime coverage on TSN. By 2003, the Pan American Games were once again neglected by the media.
Generally, the Pan American Games receive plenty of attention in most Latin American countries. The 2007 edition, to be held in Brazil, has prompted the Organizing Committee to restore important venues such as the Estádio do Maracanã and build a new Olympic Village. It is expected that the games will improve infrastructure in the city and lay the foundations for a possible bid for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
There have been attempts to hold Pan American Winter Games as well, but these have been without much success. The planned 1989 edition had to be postponed until a year later due to bad weather conditions, and even then only the alpine events could be held. The edition for 1993 was cancelled completely, and the Pan American Winter Games have not been held since.
 Locations of Pan American Games
- For a more detailed table, see Overview of the Pan American Games.
 Medals table
The table below gives an overview of the all-time medal count of the Pan American Games.
 Participating Nations
As early as the 2007 Pan American Games, Curaçao and Saint Maarten of the Netherlands Antilles could be participating in the games. Both will become new countries inside the Kingdom of the Netherlands much like Aruba. They get national status the month of the 2007 Games.
 External links
- 2007 Official Website
- 2003 Official Website
- Poster Images from the Pan American Games from 1951 to 1999
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1983 | 1987 | 1991 | 1995 | 1999 | 2003 | 2007 | 2011