1963 Pan American Games
Official poster of the
São Paulo 1963 Pan American Games.
|Host city||São Paulo|
|Events||160 in 19 sports|
|Opening ceremony||April 20|
|Closing ceremony||May 5|
|Officially opened by||Governor Adhemar de Barros|
|Athlete's Oath||Amaury Pasos|
|Pan American torch||José Telles|
|Main venue||Estádio do Pacaembu|
|1||United States (USA)[A]||106||56||37||199|
|Totals (5 nations)||143||124||101||368|
For the first time in the Pan American Games, two cities bid for the right of hosting the games. São Paulo was chosen as the host city after beating Winnipeg, Canada by 18 votes against 5. Winnipeg later went on to host the following 1967 Winnipeg.
According to the Brazilian Olympic Committee, twenty-two nations sent competitors to São Paulo, but only twenty-one were listed. Barbados took part in the Pan American Games for the first time. Costa Rica, Haiti, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic competed in 1959 but did not participate in the 1963 Games.
The games used 11 different venues:
- Pacaembu Stadium - track and field, opening and closing ceremonies
- Parque São Jorge and Estádio Nicolau Alayon - football (soccer)
- Ibirapuera Gymnasium - basketball
- Palestra Itália Stadium - volleyball
- Ibirapuera Park - cycling
- Estádio do Bom Retiro - baseball
- Esporte Clube Pinheiros - diving, swimming, water polo
- Pinheiros Tênis Clube - tennis
- Sociedade Hipica de São Paulo - equestrian
- Reservoir of Guarapiranga - sailing
- Raia Olímpica da USP - rowing
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