5th March 2020

Skiers and riders throughout the Americas will now have something to look forward to following the definition of the sports that will be included in the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games by the Panam Sports Executive Committee.

28 Olympic sports along with Baseball/Softball, Karate, Roller Sports, Surfing and Waterski (3-event waterskiing & wakeboarding) were approved by the members of the Panam Sports Executive Committee at their meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The leaders of Americas’ Olympic Movement united for their first meeting of the year at the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee, welcomed by President Sara Rosario for a productive week of discussions.  Among the many topics regarding the future of sport in the region, arguably the most important was the debate about which sports will be included in the Pan American Games of Santiago 2023.

Following in the footsteps of the IOC, the Pan American Sports Organization (Panam Sports) has taken the very difficult decision to maximize the resources of each Host Nation, approving the sport program of Santiago 2023 based on the realities and challenges of Chile. In accordance with Olympic Agenda 2020, Games should not require significant investment in resources and infrastructure that do not comply within the sustainable capabilities of the Host City.

The Executive Committee listened to the presentation of Santiago 2023 before holding a lengthy debate focused on the proposals offered by the Organizing Committee led by its President, Chilean Sports Minister Cecilia Perez.

The sports approved for the 2023 Pan American Games by the Executive Committee of Panam Sports were the following:
Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Modern Pentathlon, Roller Sports (Artistic Skating, Speed Skating and Skateboarding), Rowing, Rugby Sevens, Sailing, Soccer, Sport Shooting, Surfing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Waterski (3-event waterskiing & wakeboarding), Weightlifting, Wrestling and Volleyball.

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