1961 Bolivarian Games

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IV Bolivarian Games
Host city Barranquilla, Atlántico
Country  Colombia
Nations participating 5
Opening ceremony December 3, 1961 (1961-12-03)
Closing ceremony December 16, 1961 (1961-12-16)
Officially opened by Alberto Lleras Camargo
Athlete's Oath Rafael Cotes
Torch Lighter Jaime Aparicio
Main venue Estadio Municipal
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The IV Bolivarian Games (Spanish: Juegos Bolivarianos) were a multi-sport event held between December 3 - 16, 1961, at the Estadio Municipal in Barranquilla, Colombia. The Games were organized by the Bolivarian Sports Organization (ODEBO). Bolivia was the only eligible country not to send a delegation.

The Games were officially opened by Colombian president Alberto Lleras Camargo. Torch lighter was hurdler Jaime Aparicio. The athlete's oath was sworn by local athlete Rafael Cotes.[1]

A detailed history of the early editions of the Bolivarian Games between 1938 and 1989 was published in a book written (in Spanish) by José Gamarra Zorrilla, former president of the Bolivian Olympic Committee, and first president (1976-1982) of ODESUR.[2] Gold medal winners from Ecuador were published by the Comité Olímpico Ecuatoriano.[3]


Athletes from 5 countries were reported to participate:[2]


The following sports were explicitly mentioned:[2][3]

The list might be incomplete.

Medal count[edit]

The medal count for these Games is tabulated below.[4] 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.

1961 Bolivarian Games Medal Count
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Venezuela 76 37 52 165
2  Colombia 24 68 38 130
3  Panama 17 15 36 68
4  Peru 16 16 9 41
5  Ecuador 5 13 9 27
Total 138 149 144 431


  1. ^ Con toda pompa: CON LA PRESENCIA DEL PRESIDENTE DE COLOMBIA, SR. LLERAS CAMARGO, SE INAUGURARON AYER LOS IV JUEGOS DEPORTIVOS BOLIVARIANOS (in Spanish), La Nación, Costa Rica, December 5, 1961, p. 29 (original page no.: 56), retrieved October 28, 2012 
  2. ^ a b c Gamarra Zorrilla, José, Bolivia Olímpica Capítulos VI al VIII (in Spanish), ANDES Academia del Conocimiento y el Desarrollo "Fernando Diez de Medina", retrieved October 22, 2012 
  3. ^ a b CUADRO DE MEDALLISTAS ECUATORIANOS EN LA HISTORIA DE LOS J. D. B. POR EDICIÓN (in Spanish), Comité Olímpico Ecuatoriano, retrieved October 22, 2012 
  4. ^ RESULTADOS - IV Juegos Bolivarianos. Barranquilla - Colombia, 1961 (in Spanish), Comité Organizador de los Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos 2005, retrieved October 23, 2012