1998 South American Games

The VI South American Games (Spanish: Juegos Sudamericanos; Portuguese: Jogos Sul-Americanos) were a multi-sport event held in 1998 in Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador, with some events in Azogues (futsal), Gualaceo (boxing), Guayaquil (bowling, canoeing, sailing, triathlon), Paute (wrestling), and Quito (fencing). The Games were organized by the South American Sports Organization (ODESUR).[1] An appraisal of the games and detailed medal lists were published elsewhere,[2] emphasizing the results of the Argentinian teams.

VI South American Games
1998 South American Games logo
Host cityCuenca
CountryEcuador Ecuador
Events24 sports
OpeningOctober 21, 1998 (1998-10-21)
ClosingOctober 31, 1998 (1998-10-31)
Opened byGustavo Noboa
Athlete's OathFrancisco Encalada
Eliana González
Torch lighterJefferson Pérez
Main venueEstadio Alejandro Serrano Aguilar

The games were officially opened by Ecuadorian vice-president Gustavo Noboa. Torch lighter at the Estadio Alejandro Serrano Aguilar was Olympic gold medalist, racewalker Jefferson Pérez. In honour of the peace treaty between Ecuador and Peru soon to be signed on October 26, 1998, officially ending the recent Cenepa War, the athlete's oath was sworn jointly by Ecuadorian cyclist Francisco Encalada and Peruvian table tennis player Eliana González.[3]

The games were initially scheduled for May 1998, but were postponed mainly because of severe flooding caused by the El Niño climate phenomenon which resulted in more than 300 deaths. For the first time, Guyana participated at the games. However, the Netherlands Antilles were not present, reducing the number of participating countries to 14, as in the year 1994.

Medal count edit

The medal count for these Games is tabulated below. This table is sorted by the number of gold medals earned by each country. The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next, and then the number of bronze medals.

  *   Host nation (Ecuador)

1  Argentina (ARG)1016074235
2  Colombia (COL)745154179
3  Brazil (BRA)505944153
4  Venezuela (VEN)504729126
5  Ecuador (ECU)*334670149
6  Chile (CHI)295446129
7  Peru (PER)9233870
8  Suriname (SUR)4037
9  Bolivia (BOL)271827
10  Uruguay (URU)271726
11  Panama (PAN)2226
12  Paraguay (PAR)1146
13  Aruba (ARU)0022
14  Guyana (GUY)0000
Totals (14 entries)3573574011115

Sports edit

References edit

  1. ^ CUENCA 98, ECUADOR – VI JUEGOS SURAMERICANOS – Fecha de apertura: 21 de octubre de 1998 – Fecha de clausura: 31 de octubre de 1998 (in Spanish), ODESUR, archived from the original on March 15, 2014, retrieved August 25, 2012
  2. ^ Rodríguez III, Ernesto (2010), LIBROS DEL CICLO OLÍMPICO ARGENTINO – Libro I de los Juegos Odesur 1978–2010 (in Spanish) (1st ed.), Buenos Aires: Alarco Ediciones, p. 192, ISBN 978-987-1367-18-4, archived from the original on January 4, 2012, retrieved June 2, 2012
  3. ^ SE INICIA FIESTA DEL DEPORTE (in Spanish), Explored, Quito, Ecuador, October 22, 1998, retrieved August 24, 2012

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