FoundedJuly 15, 1972 (1972-07-15)
Regional affiliationCentral America

The Central American Sports Organization (acronym: ORDECA; in Spanish: Organización Deportiva Centroamericana) is an international organization which represents the current 8 National Olympic Committees of the Central American region. It is affiliated with the Pan American Sports Organization.

It was established on 15 July 1972. It is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that approved its creation at the Congress of the XX Olympiad, held in Munich, Germany, in 1972.[1]


The five founding members were the Olympic Committees of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama. At a later date, Nicaragua and Belize were also included to raise the number of members to seven, Puerto Rico was also included as a candidate member.

The eight Olympic Committee members are:

Member nations

There are 7 affiliated National Olympic Committees:

Nation National Olympic Committee
 Belize Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association
 Costa Rica Costa Rican Olympic Committee
 El Salvador El Salvador Olympic Committee
 Guatemala Guatemalan Olympic Committee
 Honduras Honduran Olympic Committee
 Nicaragua Nicaraguan Olympic Committee
 Panama Panama Olympic Committee


The ORDECA is the governing body of the Central American Games.

The then President of Olympic Committee of Guatemala Luis Canella Gutiérrez, was elected the first President of ORDECA.


  1. ^ "ORDECA". colimdo.org. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.