1997 Bolivarian Games
|XIII Bolivarian Games|
|Host city||Arequipa, Arequipa|
|Opening ceremony||October 17, 1997|
|Closing ceremony||October 24, 1997|
|Officially opened by||Alberto Fujimori|
|Torch Lighter||Hernán Llerena|
|Main venue||Estadio Monumental de la Universidad Nacional San Agustín|
The XIII Bolivarian Games (Spanish: Juegos Bolivarianos) were a multi-sport event held between October 17–26, 1997, in Arequipa, Peru. The Games were organized by the Bolivarian Sports Organization (ODEBO).
The opening ceremony that took place on October 17, 1997, at the Estadio Monumental de la Universidad Nacional San Agustín in Arequipa, Perú. The Games were officially opened by Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori. Torch lighter was 70 year old former cyclist Hernán Llerena, who won 4 gold medals at the 1947–48 Bolivarian Games and another gold medal at the 1951 Bolivarian Games.
About 1710 athletes from 6 countries were reported to participate:
†: Exhibition event.
‡: The competition was reserved to youth representatives (U-17).
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.
|1997 Bolivarian Games Medal Count|
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