The Pan American Sports Organization (Panam Sports; Spanish: Organización Deportiva Panamericana) is an international organization which represents the current 41 National Olympic Committees of North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Member countries are in green
|Type||Continental Sports Organization|
|Headquarters||Mexico City, Mexico|
|41 National Olympic Committees|
|English, Spanish, French|
|Neven Ilić Álvarez|
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 Americas.
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.
There are four regional entities affiliated with Panam Sports, they are:
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 the four words, "América", "Espírito", "Sports" and "Fraternité", each respectively in one of the four official languages of the organization, namely 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.
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.
Former member: Netherlands Antilles Olympic Committee
There are three areas not a part of Panam Sports as they are not independent nations:
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a self-governing overseas territory of France and not a country.
- French Guiana is not a member of Panam Sports as it is an Overseas department of France and not a country. It is the only area of South America not involved.
- Greenland is an autonomous country within Denmark and politically associated with Europe, therefore it is the only North American country not involved in Panam Sports.
Panam Sports PresidentsEdit
|1.||Mr. Avery Brundage||United States||1940–1951|
|2.||Mr. José de Jesús Clark Flores||Mexico||1951–1955|
|3.||Mr. Doug Roby||United States||1955–1959|
|4.||Mr. José de Jesús Clark Flores||Mexico||1959–1971|
|5.||Mr. Sylvio de Magalhaes Padilha1||Brazil||1971–1971|
|6.||Mr. José Beracasa||Venezuela||1971–1975|
|7.||Mr. Mario Vázquez Raña||Mexico||1975–2015|
|8.||Mr. Ivar Sisniega||Mexico||2015–2015|
|9.||Mr. Julio César Maglione||Uruguay||2015–2017|
|10.||Mr. Neven Ilic Álvarez||Chile||2017–present|
^1 Served as acting president for two months until new election.
Panam Sports Athlete CommissionEdit
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.
|Member||Country||Since||Pan American Games Participation|
|Shannon Nishi||United States||2011||2011|
Debut of countries per GamesEdit
|I||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 City||1955||Bahamas, Canada, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.||4|
|III||Chicago||1959||Guyana, Netherlands Antilles.||2|
|V||Winnipeg||1967||Belize, Bolivia, Bermuda, Virgin Islands.||4|
|VIII||San Juan||1979||Antigua and Barbuda.||1|
|IX||Caracas||1983||British Virgin Islands, Suriname.||2|
|X||Indianapolis||1987||Aruba, Cayman Islands, Grenada.||3|
|XI||Havana||1991||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.||1|
|XII||Mar de Plata||1995||Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia.||3|
|XV||Rio de Janeiro||2007||-||0|
Exclusion of indigenous sportsEdit
Despite criticisms that Ulama or Mesoamerican Ballgame and Lacrosse are not included in the program of the Pan American Games, the number of countries practicing the sport is too small for the sport to be added to the program. As of 2018, there are 15 national federations in the Americas affiliated with World Lacrosse with a minimum number of Panam Sports recognition being 14 (Bermuda, Canada, United States, Iroquois, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Chile, Ecuador and Haiti). However, the Iroquois nation is not recognized by Panam Sports or the IOC. 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 2023. Lacrosse is recognized by the Global Association of International Sports Federations and by the International Olympic Committee. 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 when more countries join their respective international body.
- "Alexandra Orlando elected president of PASO Athletes' Commission". March 8, 2012.
- Athlete's commission
- Nahwegahbow, Barb (2014). "Aboriginal pavilion will tell "our story" our way". AMMSA.
- Windle, Jim (February 4, 2015). "Six Nations announces participation in Pan-Am Games". The Two Rows Times.
- "Haiti Voted in as FIL's 55th Member". filacrosse.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.