2023 Central American and Caribbean Games
2023 Central American and Caribbean Games logo.png
Emblem of the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games
Host citySan Salvador
Country El Salvador
Nations participatingTBD
Athletes participatingTBD
EventsTBD
Opening ceremonyJune 23
Closing ceremonyJuly 8
Officially opened byPresident Nayib Bukele (expected)
Main venueEstadio Jorge "Mágico" González
Websitesansalvador2023.com
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The 24th Central American and Caribbean Games are scheduled to take place in 2023. They were planned to take place in Panama City, Panama,[1] until the government announced on 24 July 2020 that it had decided to withdraw as the hosts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Panama. Centro Caribe Sports had search for alternatives. In May 2021 San Salvador, El Salvador was chosen to replace Panama City as main host city,as due to infrastructure and schedule issues 7 sports were relocated to Santo Domingo, in Dominican Republic.

Bidding process

The original logo for the 2022 Panama Games
The original logo for the 2022 Panama Games

Panama City had presented itself as the only candidate to organize the 2022 Central American and Caribbean Games and also announced the commitment of the Panamanian State to invest 200 million dollars for both infrastructure and the organization of the event. One of the advantages presented by the Panamanian delegation to Centro Caribe Sports was that it would not be necessary to build an athletes' village for the event, because instead the athletes would be hosted in hotels. On February 3, 2017, Centro Caribe Sports announced that Panama City would host the event.[2] It would have been the third time: Panama City first hosted the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1938 and then in 1970.[3]

On 24 July 2020, Panama announced that it was withdrawing as the host of the 2022 event as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Centro Caribe Sports expressed its surprise at the sudden withdrawal and assured that the event will still take place in 2022. It said the Executive Committee would meet on 25 July 2020 to discuss the issue and begin a search for solutions and alternatives.[4][5]

On November 15, 2020 Mayagüez, Puerto Rico presented a bid to host the games conditioned that it receive financial support from the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico. Mayagüez previously held the games on 2010, and thus would not have to invest as much on infrastructure since it would reuse most of the facilities.[6]

2023 Central American and Caribbean Games bidding results
City Country CACSO votes
Mayagüez  Puerto Rico
San Salvador  El Salvador

Sports

The event program for the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games was approved by the Comité Olímpico de El Salvador executive board on 6 October 2022.[7]

Venues

Due to infrastructure and calendar issues 7 sports were relocated to Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic: taekwondo, modern pentathlon, equestrian, canoeing, shooting, racquetball and field hockey.[8]

Nations

The numbers in parentheses represents the number of athletes entered.

Participating Nations

References

  1. ^ "Panamá oficialmente será sede de Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe 2022". Telemetro.com. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Panamá será la sede de los Juegos Centroamericanos 2022". Elnuevodia.com. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Panamá crea Comité Organizador de Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe 2022". Lavanguardia.com. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  4. ^ Panamá declina sede de los Juegos 2022 y del Mundial Sub-20 femenino
  5. ^ Statement from CACSO
  6. ^ Ribas Reyes, Fernando (November 16, 2020), "El Copur oficializa a Mayagüez", El Nuevo Día (in Spanish), San Juan, PR, vol. 18302, p. 43
  7. ^ "CALENDARIO DE JUEGOS CENTROAMERICANOS Y DEL CARIBE 2023" (PDF). sansalvador2023.com. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  8. ^ Sánchez G., Carlos (3 May 2022). "Confirmados los deportes que República Dominicana acogerá para Centroamericanos y del Caribe San Salvador 2023" [Confirmed the sports that the Dominican Republic will host for Central American and Caribbean San Salvador 2023]. Diario Libre (in Spanish). Santo Domingo. Retrieved 3 July 2022.