Panam Sports
Pan American Sports Organization Organización Deportiva Panamericana
FormationAugust 8, 1948; 75 years ago (1948-08-08)
TypeContinental Sports Organization
HeadquartersMexico City, Mexico
Coordinates19°26′14″N 99°09′30″W / 19.43722°N 99.15833°W / 19.43722; -99.15833
41 National Olympic Committees
Official language
English, Spanish
Neven Ilic

Panam Sports (officially English: Pan American Sports Organization and Spanish: Organización Deportiva Panamericana; Portuguese: Organização Desportiva Pan-Americana; French: Organisation Sportive PanAméricaine)[1][2] is an international organization which represents the current 41 National Olympic Committees of the American continent.

It is affiliated with the International Olympic Committee and its affiliated bodies, including ANOC, the Association of National Olympic Committees, and serves as the continental association of the American Continent.

The organization's flagship event is the quadrennial Pan American Games, held since 1951. The Parapan American Games were inaugurated in 1999 for disabled athletes and are held alongside the able-bodied Pan American Games. The Pan American Winter Games, for winter sports, were held only once in 1990. The Pan American Sports Festival was inaugurated in 2014 as a developmental event for the region's athletes.

Affiliated organizations

There are four regional entities affiliated with Panam Sports, they are:

Official Languages

The organization's official languages are English and Spanish.[3][4]


Just like the International Olympic Committee, Panam Sports has its own flag. In 2017, Panam Sports underwent a complete rebranding of the organization, including changes to its commercial name (now Panam Sports), brand and flag. The modern design emphasizes the unity of Panam Sports' 41 member nations, displaying the entire continent within a seal that features the new commercial name 'Panam Sports' at the top and 'Organization' at the bottom. The Olympic Rings reside below the seal, symbolizing the continental organization's close relationship with the IOC and the Olympic Games. The seal and accompanying rings are centered on the white background of the flag.

The original flag of PASO-ODEPA contained organization's motto[3][4] "AMÉRICA, ESPÍRITO, SPORT, FRATERNITÉ", each respectively in Spanish, Portuguese, English and French. The original flag also displayed a torch along with the Olympic Rings and five circles with the official colors of the Olympics on a white background. Finally, the words PASO and ODEPA were written to indicate the organization the flag represents.

Member nations

In the following table, the year in which the NOC was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is also given if it is different from the year in which the NOC was created.

Nation Code National Olympic Committee President Created/Recognised IOC member Subregion
 Antigua and Barbuda ANT Antigua and Barbuda National Olympic Committee E.P. Chet Greene 1966/1976 Yes Caribbean
 Argentina ARG Argentine Olympic Committee Mario Moccia 1923 Yes South America
 Aruba ARU Aruban Olympic Committee Wanda Broeksema 1985/1986 Yes Caribbean/South America[note 1]
 Bahamas BAH Bahamas Olympic Committee Romell Knowles 1952 Yes Caribbean
 Barbados BAR Barbados Olympic Association Sandra Osborne 1955 Yes Caribbean
 Belize BIZ Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association Hilberto Martínez 1967 Yes Central America/Caribbean
 Bermuda BER Bermuda Olympic Association Peter Dunne 1935/1936 Yes Northern America[note 2]
 Bolivia BOL Bolivian Olympic Committee Marco Antonio Arze Mendoza 1932/1936 Yes South America/Bolivarian
 Brazil BRA Brazilian Olympic Committee Paulo Wanderley Teixeira 1914/1935 Yes South America
 British Virgin Islands IVB British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee Ephraim Penn 1980/1982 Yes Caribbean
 Canada CAN Canadian Olympic Committee Tricia Smith 1904/1907 Yes Northern America[note 3]
 Cayman Islands CAY Cayman Islands Olympic Committee Lorette Powell (acting) 1973/1976 Yes Caribbean
 Chile CHI Chilean Olympic Committee Miguel Ángel Mujica 1934 Yes South America/Bolivarian
 Colombia COL Colombian Olympic Committee Ciro Solano Hurtado 1936/1948 Yes South America/Caribbean/Bolivarian
 Costa Rica CRC Costa Rican Olympic Committee Alexánder Zamora Gomez 1953/1954 Yes Central America/Caribbean
 Cuba CUB Cuban Olympic Committee Roberto León Richards Aguiar 1926/1954 Yes Caribbean
 Dominica DMA Dominica Olympic Committee Billy Doctrove 1987/1993 Yes Caribbean
 Dominican Republic DOM Dominican Republic Olympic Committee Antonio Acosta Corletto 1946/1962 Yes Caribbean/Bolivarian
 Ecuador ECU Ecuadorian National Olympic Committee Cap. Jorge Delgado Panchana 1948/1959 Yes South America/Bolivarian
 El Salvador ESA El Salvador Olympic Committee Jose Armando Bruni Ochoa 1949/1962 Yes Central America/Bolivarian
 Grenada GRN Grenada Olympic Committee Cheney Joseph 1984 Yes Caribbean
 Guatemala GUA Guatemalan Olympic Committee Gerardo Aguirre 1947 Yes Central America/Caribbean/Bolivarian
 Guyana GUY Guyana Olympic Association Kalam Azad Juman-Yassin 1935/1948 Yes South America[note 4]
 Haiti HAI Haitian Olympic Committee Hans Larsen 1914/1924 Yes Caribbean
 Honduras HON Honduran Olympic Committee Salvador Jiménez Cáceres 1956 Yes Central America/Caribbean
 Jamaica JAM Jamaica Olympic Association Christopher Samuda 1936 Yes Caribbean
 Mexico MEX Mexican Olympic Committee María José Alcalá 1923 Yes Central America/Caribbean[note 5]
 Nicaragua NCA Nicaraguan Olympic Committee Emmett Lang Salmerón 1959 Yes Central America/Caribbean
 Panama PAN Panama Olympic Committee Camilo Amado 1934/1947 Yes Central America/Caribbean/South America/Bolivarian
 Paraguay PAR Paraguayan Olympic Committee Camilo Pérez López Moreira 1970 Yes South America/Bolivarian
 Peru PER Peruvian Olympic Committee Renzo Manyari 1924/1936 Yes South America/Bolivarian
 Puerto Rico PUR Puerto Rico Olympic Committee Sara Rosario 1948 Yes Caribbean
 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee Alphonso Bridgewater 1986/1993 Yes Caribbean
 Saint Lucia LCA Saint Lucia Olympic Committee Alfred Emmanuel 1987/1993 Yes Caribbean
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee George Trevor Bailey 1982/1987 Yes Caribbean
 Suriname SUR Suriname Olympic Committee Ramon Tjon-A-Fat 1959 Yes South America[note 6]
 Trinidad and Tobago TTO Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee Diane Henderson 1946/1948 Yes Caribbean[note 7]
 United States USA United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Gene Sykes 1894 Yes Northern America[note 8]
 Uruguay URU Uruguayan Olympic Committee Julio César Maglione 1923 Yes South America
 Venezuela VEN Venezuelan Olympic Committee Eduardo Álvarez Camacho 1935 Yes South America/Caribbean/Bolivarian
 U.S. Virgin Islands ISV Virgin Islands Olympic Committee Angel L. Morales 1967 Yes Caribbean

Former member: Netherlands Antilles Olympic Committee

There are some nations which are not members of the Panam Sports because they are not independent countries:


S. No. Name Country Tenure
1. Avery Brundage  United States 1948–1951[8][9]
2. José de Jesús Clark Flores  Mexico 1951–1955
3. Doug Roby  United States 1955–1959
4. José de Jesús Clark Flores  Mexico 1959–1971
5. Sylvio de Magalhaes Padilha1  Brazil 1971–1971
6. José Beracasa  Venezuela 1971–1975
7. Mario Vázquez Raña  Mexico 1975–2015
8. Ivar Sisniega  Mexico 2015–2015
9. Julio César Maglione  Uruguay 2015–2017
10. Neven Ilic  Chile 2017–present

^1 Served as acting president for two months until new election.

Athlete Commission

In 2011, a new Panam Sports Athlete Commission was formed. Former Canadian rhythmic gymnast and three-time Pan American Games gold medalist Alexandra Orlando was selected the president of the commission. The commission will be made up of seven athletes (five current and two former) with two being reserved for non-Olympic sports.[10][11]

Member Country Since Pan American Games Participation
Alexandra Orlando  Canada 2011 2003–2007
Mijaín López  Cuba 2011 2003–2019
Samyr Lainé  Haiti 2011 2003–2011
Andrea Estrada  Guatemala 2011 2011
Guillermo Perez  Mexico 2011 2011
Pedro Causil  Colombia 2011 2011
Shannon Nishi  United States 2011 2011

Debut of countries per Games

Games Host Year Debuting Countries Total
I Argentina Buenos Aires 1951  Argentina,  Brazil,  Chile,  Colombia,  Costa Rica,  Cuba,  Ecuador,  El Salvador,  Guatemala,  Haiti,  Jamaica,  Mexico,  Nicaragua,  Panama,  Paraguay,  Peru,  Trinidad and Tobago,  United States,  Uruguay,  Venezuela. 20
II Mexico Mexico City 1955  Bahamas,  Canada,  Dominican Republic,  Netherlands Antilles,  Puerto Rico. 5
III United States Chicago 1959  Guyana. 1
IV Brazil São Paulo 1963  Barbados. 1
V Canada Winnipeg 1967  Belize,  Bolivia,  Bermuda,  Virgin Islands. 4
VI Colombia Cali 1971 0
VII Mexico Mexico City 1975  Honduras. 1
VIII Puerto Rico San Juan 1979  Antigua and Barbuda. 1
IX Venezuela Caracas 1983  British Virgin Islands,  Suriname. 2
X United States Indianapolis 1987  Aruba,  Cayman Islands,  Grenada. 3
XI Cuba Havana 1991  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. 1
XII Argentina Mar del Plata 1995  Dominica,  Saint Kitts and Nevis,  Saint Lucia. 3
XIII Canada Winnipeg 1999 0
XIV Dominican Republic Santo Domingo 2003 0
XV Brazil Rio de Janeiro 2007 0
XVI Mexico Guadalajara 2011 0
XVII Canada Toronto 2015 0
XVIII Peru Lima 2019 - 0
XIX Chile Santiago 2023 - 0
XX 2027 Future -

Exclusion of indigenous sports

Despite criticisms that Ulama,the Mesoamerican Ballgame and Lacrosse[12][13] are not included in the program of the Pan American Games, the number of countries practicing the sport is too small for the sports to be added to the program. As of 2023, there are 19 national federations in the Americas affiliated with World Lacrosse with a minimum number of Panam Sports recognition being 14 (Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, United States,Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and the United States Virgin Islands). However, the Iroquois nation is not recognized as a National Olympic Committee by Panam Sports or the IOC.[14] Thus, there are at this time 14 regional member nations of World Lacrosse, enough for the sport to be included in the Pan Am Games as early as 2027.Lacrosse is recognized by the Global Association of International Sports Federations and by the International Olympic Committee and will be played in a six-a-side format at the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles,but the number of National Federations have to grown to sport to be added at the Pan-An Games program. However, this is not the case with ulama, which inhibits its participation in the Pan American Games. It is a possibility that lacrosse will be included in the program of the Games in the future.

See also


  1. ^ Represented by athletes from all six Dutch Caribbean territories instead.
  2. ^ Northern America does not have a regional multi-sport event, Bermuda competes in the Central American and Caribbean Games instead.
  3. ^ Northern America does not have a regional multi-sport event, Canada only competes in the Pan American Games.
  4. ^ Geographically a part of South America, Guyana also competes in the Central American and Caribbean Games.
  5. ^ Mexico does not compete in the Central American Games, the country only competes in the Central American and Caribbean Games.
  6. ^ Geographically a part of South America, Suriname also competes in the Central American and Caribbean Games.
  7. ^ Geographically near South America, Trinidad and Tobago only competes in the Central American and Caribbean Games.
  8. ^ Northern America does not have a regional multi-sport event, the United States only competes in the Pan American Games.


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