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XI Pan American Games
1991 Pan American Games logo.svg
HostHavana, Cuba
Nations participating39
Athletes participating4,519
Events329 in 33 sports
Opening ceremonyAugust 2
Closing ceremonyAugust 18
Officially opened byPresident Fidel Castro
Cauldron lighterJavier Sotomayor
Main venueEstadio Panamericano

The 1991 Pan American Games were held in Havana, Cuba from August 2 to August 18, 1991. There were 4,519 athletes from 39 countries of the PASO community, with events in 33 different sports. The main stadium was the Estadio Panamericano, a multi-use stadium in Havana that holds 50,000 people.

Host city election

Main article: Bids for the 1991 Pan American Games

Havana was the only non-withdrawn bid to host the 1991 Pan American Games. At the Pan American Games (ODEPA) Assembly, from November 12 to 14, 1986, in Bridgetown, Barbados, Mar del Plata withdrew its bid, leaving Havana as the winner to host the Games.[1] London, Ontario, Canada also submitted a bid, but withdrew from the bid process due to the federal government prohibiting all funding from any international multi-sport events (aside from the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics).[2]

Participating nations


Medal table

Main article: 1991 Pan American Games medal table

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1 Cuba1406263265
2 United States13012597352
3 Canada224659127
4 Brazil21213779
5 Mexico14233875
Totals (5 entries)327277294898


Tocopan, the mascot of the games
Tocopan, the mascot of the games

The 1991 Games' mascot named Tocopan, was a combination of the country's national bird "Tocororo" and the first three letters of Panamerican.


  1. ^ "Juegos Panamericana Mar del Plata 1995" (in Spanish). 1 June 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Can London, Ont. land the Pan Am Games?". CBC. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
Preceded byIndianapolis XI Pan American Games Havana (1991) Succeeded byMar del Plata