Panam Sports

The Pan American Sports Organization (Panam Sports; Spanish: Organización Deportiva Panamericana) is an international organization which represents the current 41 National Olympic Committees of the Americas.

Pan American Sports Organization
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Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) members.svg
Member countries are in green
TypeContinental Sports Organization
HeadquartersMexico City, Mexico
41 National Olympic Committees
Official language
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.

Affiliated organizationsEdit

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.

Member countriesEdit

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 Subregion Ref.
  Antigua and Barbuda ANT The Antigua and Barbuda Olympic Association E.P. Chet Greene 1966/1976 Caribbean [1]
  Argentina ARG Argentine Olympic Committee Gerardo Werthein 1923 South America [2]
  Aruba ARU Aruban Olympic Committee Edwin Roos 1985/1986 Caribbean/South American [3]
  Bahamas BAH Bahamas Olympic Committee Romell Knowles 1952 Caribbean [4]
  Barbados BAR Barbados Olympic Association Sandra Osborne 1955 Caribbean [5]
  Belize BIZ Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association Hilberto Martínez 1967 Central America/Caribbean [6]
  Bermuda BER Bermuda Olympic Association Judy Simons, J.P. 1935/1936 Northern America[note 1] [7]
  Bolivia BOL Bolivian Olympic Committee Marco Antonio Arze Mendoza 1932/1936 South America/Bolivarian [8]
  Brazil BRA Brazilian Olympic Committee Paulo Wanderley Teixeira 1914/1935 South America [9]
  British Virgin Islands IVB British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee Ephraim Penn 1980/1982 Caribbean [10]
  Canada CAN Canadian Olympic Committee Tricia Smith 1904/1907 Northern America[note 2] [11]
  Cayman Islands CAY Cayman Islands Olympic Committee Lorette Powell (acting) 1973/1976 Caribbean [12]
  Chile CHI Chilean Olympic Committee Neven Ilic Álvarez 1934 South America/Bolivarian [13]
  Colombia COL Colombian Olympic Committee Baltazar Medina 1936/1948 South America/Caribbean/Bolivarian [14]
  Costa Rica CRC Costa Rican Olympic Committee Henry Núñez Najera 1953/1954 Central America/Caribbean [15]
  Cuba CUB Cuban Olympic Committee José Fernández Álvarez 1926/1954 Caribbean [16]
  Dominica DMA Dominica Olympic Committee Billy Doctrove 1987/1993 Caribbean [17]
  Dominican Republic DOM Dominican Republic Olympic Committee Luis Mejía Oviedo 1946/1962 Caribbean [18]
  Ecuador ECU Ecuadorian National Olympic Committee Augusto Morán Nurques 1948/1959 South America/Bolivarian [19]
  El Salvador ESA El Salvador Olympic Committee Eduardo Palomo Pacas 1949/1962 Central America [20]
  Grenada GRN Grenada Olympic Committee Royston La Hee 1984 Caribbean [21]
  Guatemala GUA Guatemalan Olympic Committee Gerardo Rene Aguirre Oestmann 1947 Central America/Caribbean [22]
  Guyana GUY Guyana Olympic Association Kalam Azad Juman-Yassin 1935/1948 South America[note 3] [23]
  Haiti HAI Haitian Olympic Committee Hans Larsen 1914/1924 Caribbean [24]
  Honduras HON Honduran Olympic Committee Salvador Jiménez Cáceres 1956 Central America/Caribbean [25]
  Jamaica JAM Jamaica Olympic Association Christopher Samuda 1936 Caribbean [26]
  Mexico MEX Mexican Olympic Committee Carlos Padilla Becerra 1923 Central America/Caribbean[note 4] [27]
  Nicaragua NCA Nicaraguan Olympic Committee Emmett Lang Salmerón 1959 Central America/Caribbean [28]
  Panama PAN Panama Olympic Committee Camilo Amado 1934/1947 Central America/Caribbean/South America/Bolivarian [29]
  Paraguay PAR Paraguayan Olympic Committee Camilo Pérez López Moreira 1970 South America [30]
  Peru PER Peruvian Olympic Committee Pedro Del Rosario Delgado 1924/1936 South America/Bolivarian [31]
  Puerto Rico PUR Puerto Rico Olympic Committee Sara Rosario 1948 Caribbean [32]
  Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee Alphonso Bridgewater 1986/1993 Caribbean [33]
  Saint Lucia LCA Saint Lucia Olympic Committee Fortunata Belrose 1987/1993 Caribbean [34]
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee George Trevor Bailey 1982/1987 Caribbean [35]
  Suriname SUR Suriname Olympic Committee Ramon Tjon-A-Fat 1959 South America[note 5] [36]
  Trinidad and Tobago TTO Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee Brian Lewis 1946/1948 Caribbean[note 6] [37]
  United States USA United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Susanne Lyons 1894 Northern America[note 7] [38]
  Uruguay URU Uruguayan Olympic Committee Julio César Maglione 1923 South America [39]
  Venezuela VEN Venezuelan Olympic Committee Eduardo Álvarez Camacho 1935 South America/Caribbean/Bolivarian [40]
  Virgin Islands ISV Virgin Islands Olympic Committee Hans Lawaetz 1967 Caribbean [41]

Former member: Netherlands Antilles Olympic Committee

There are some areas not a part of Panam Sports as they are not independent countries:

Panam Sports PresidentsEdit

S. No. Name Country Tenure
1. Avery Brundage   United States 1940–1951
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 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.[4][5]

Member Country Since Pan American Games Participation
Alexandra Orlando   Canada 2011 2003–2007
Mijaín López   Cuba 2011 2003–2015
Samyr Laine   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 GamesEdit

Games Host Year Debuting Countries Total
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,   Netherlands Antilles,   Puerto Rico. 5
III   Chicago 1959   Guyana. 1
IV   São Paulo 1963   Barbados. 1
V   Winnipeg 1967   Belize,   Bolivia,   Bermuda,   Virgin Islands. 4
VI   Cali 1971 - 0
VII   Mexico City 1975   Honduras. 1
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
XIII   Winnipeg 1999 - 0
XIV   Santo Domingo 2003 - 0
XV   Rio de Janeiro 2007 - 0
XVI   Guadalajara 2011 - 0
XVII   Toronto 2015 - 0
XVIII   Lima 2019 - 0
XIX   Santiago 2023 Future -
XX   2027 Future -

Exclusion of indigenous sportsEdit

Despite criticisms that Ulama or Mesoamerican Ballgame and Lacrosse[6][7] 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 2020, 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, Iroquois, 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 by Panam Sports or the IOC.[8] 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.

See alsoEdit


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


  1. ^ "Curtain comes down on 123rd IOC Session". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 2012-08-15. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Buenos Aires 1951". Retrieved 2009-11-26.
  3. ^ "Santo Domingo 2003". Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  4. ^ "Alexandra Orlando elected president of PASO Athletes' Commission". March 8, 2012.
  5. ^ Athlete's commission
  6. ^ Nahwegahbow, Barb (2014). "Aboriginal pavilion will tell "our story" our way". AMMSA.
  7. ^ Windle, Jim (February 4, 2015). "Six Nations announces participation in Pan-Am Games". The Two Rows Times.
  8. ^ "Haiti Voted in as FIL's 55th Member". Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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