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1971 Pan American Games

The 6th Pan American Games were held in Cali, Colombia, from July 30 to August 13, 1971.[1] (One source dates the Games from July 25 to August 8.)[2] A total of 2,935 athletes from 32 countries participated in seventeen sports. (One source says 4,000 athletes)[3]

VI Pan American Games
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Official logo of the
Cali 1971 Pan American Games.
Host cityCali
Nations participating32
Athletes participating2,935
Events169 in 18 sports
Opening ceremonyJuly 30
Closing ceremonyAugust 13
Officially opened byPresident Misael Pastrana Borrero
Main venueEstadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero
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Participating nationsEdit



The main stadium was the Cali Olympic Stadium. Some events were held in the Coliseo El Pueblo. Boxing was staged in the Plaza de Toros Cañaveralejo, a Cali bullring. Some complaints were made about the barracks-style housing, which was woefully overcrowded. In an effort to protect the athletes from students who had protested the amount of money that Colombia was spending on the games, security-minded officials surrounded the athletes' village with barbed wire and guards carrying rifles. The overcrowding caused it to be dubbed "Claustrophobia Manor" by the athletes.[3] Other concerns centered on mosquitoes, the altitude, faulty plumbing, dysentery and pickpockets.

Medal countEdit

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Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   United States (USA) a 105 73/74 40/39 218
2   Cuba (CUB) a 31/30 49 25/24 105/103
3   Canada (CAN) a 19 20 41/42 80/81
4   Brazil (BRA) 9 7 14 30
5   Mexico (MEX) 7 11 23 41

^ The medal counts for the United States, Cuba and Canada are disputed.


  1. ^ (in Spanish) 100 hechos deportivos (trans: 100 sports events) from El Pais (Colombia); published 2010-04-13; retrieved 2010-04-13.
  2. ^ History of the Pan Am Games
  3. ^ a b The Pain-Am Games [sic], from TIME magazine; published 1971-08-16; retrieved 2010-04-14.