The 1971 Pan American Games were held in Cali, Colombia, from July 30 to August 13, 1971. (One source dates the Games from July 25 to August 8.) A total of 2,935 athletes from 32 countries participated in seventeen sports. (One source says 4,000 athletes)
|Events||169 in 18 sports|
|Opening ceremony||July 30|
|Closing ceremony||August 13|
|Officially opened by||President Misael Pastrana Borrero|
|Main venue||Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero|
Host city selectionEdit
Three cities submitted bids to host the 1971 Pan American Games that were recognized by the Pan American Sports Organization. On July 22, 1967, Cali was selected over Santiago and Champ, Missouri by a vote of 12 to 11 to 6, respectively, by PASO at its general assembly, held at the Manitoba Medical College in Winnipeg, Canada, to host the VI Pan American Games.
- Netherlands Antilles
- British Honduras (BIZ)
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Puerto Rico
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United States
- Virgin Islands
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. Other concerns centered on mosquitoes, the altitude, faulty plumbing, dysentery and pickpockets.
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- (in Spanish) 100 hechos deportivos[permanent dead link] (trans: 100 sports events) from El Pais (Colombia); published 2010-04-13; retrieved 2010-04-13.
- History of the Pan Am Games
- The Pain-Am Games [sic], from TIME magazine; published 1971-08-16; retrieved 2010-04-14.
- Galvis Ramirez, Alberto; Colombian Olympic Committee (2011). Colombia Olípica: 75 Añon de Presencia Deportiva en el Mundo [Colombian Olympic Committee: 75 Years of Sports Presence in the World] (in Spanish). Bogota: Panamerica Formas e Impresos. pp. 113–114. ISBN 978-958-57199-0-3.
- Libreros, Lucy (1 August 2011). "Recuerdos de Cali como sede de los Juegos Panamericanos de 1971" [Memories of Cali as host of the 1971 Pan American Games]. El Pais (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2019-02-01. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
- Van Bannekom, Peter (21 July 1967). "Three Countries Bidding For 1971 Pan-Am Games". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. p. 6. Retrieved 1 February 2019.