1973 Bolivarian Games

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VII Bolivarian Games
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Host city Panama City
Country  Panama
Nations participating 5
Athletes participating 1200
Events 16 sports
Opening ceremony February 17, 1973 (1973-02-17)
Closing ceremony March 3, 1973 (1973-03-03)
Officially opened by Demetrio Basilio Lakas
Athlete's Oath Xenia Moreno
Torch Lighter Faustino López
Main venue Estadio Revolución
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The VII Bolivarian Games (Spanish: Juegos Bolivarianos) were a multi-sport event held between February 17 - March 3, 1973, at the Estadio Revolución[1] in Panama City, Panama. The Games were organized by the Bolivarian Sports Organization (ODEBO). Ecuador was the only eligible country not to send a delegation because of "internal problems".[2][3]

The Games were officially opened by Panamanian president Demetrio Basilio Lakas. Torch lighter was long distance runner Faustino López, who won the gold medal in the 5000 metres event at the 1951 Bolivarian Games. The athlete's oath was sworn by gymnast Xenia Moreno.[4]

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.[4]


About 1200 Athletes from 5 countries were reported to participate:[4]


The following 16 sports were explicitly mentioned:[1][4]

Medal count[edit]

The medal count for these Games is tabulated below.[5] A slightly different number of medals was published elsewhere.[6] 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.

1973 Bolivarian Games Medal Count
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Venezuela 60 63 57 180
2  Colombia 55 44 42 141
3  Panama 37 30 45 112
4  Peru 21 35 32 88
5  Bolivia 0 4 5 9
Total 173 176 181 530


  1. ^ a b Matiz, Natividad (March 4, 1973), Los VII Juegos Bolivarianos en cifras (in Spanish), El Tiempo, p. 10 (original page no.: 2B), retrieved January 14, 2013 
  2. ^ CUADRO DE MEDALLISTAS ECUATORIANOS EN LA HISTORIA DE LOS J. D. B. POR EDICIÓN (PDF) (in Spanish), Comité Olímpico Ecuatoriano, retrieved October 22, 2012 
  3. ^ Injerencias que emulan el pasado (in Spanish), La Hora, January 13, 2013, retrieved January 15, 2013 
  4. ^ a b c d Gamarra Zorrilla, José, Bolivia Olímpica Capítulos VI al VIII (PDF) (in Spanish), ANDES Academia del Conocimiento y el Desarrollo "Fernando Diez de Medina", retrieved October 22, 2012 
  5. ^ Historia - Resultados (in Spanish), XV Juegos Bolivarianos 2005 - Armenia y Pereira - Ecuador, retrieved January 14, 2013 
  6. ^ Matallana, Rafael (March 4, 1973), En Maracaibo, 5 medallas más (in Spanish), El Tiempo, p. 10 (original page no.: 3B), retrieved January 14, 2013