1983 Pan American Games

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IX Pan American Games
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Official logo of the
Caracas 1983 Pan American Games.
Host city Caracas
Country Venezuela
Nations participating 36
Athletes participating 3,426
Events 269 in 23 sports
Opening ceremony August 14
Closing ceremony August 29
Officially opened by President Luis Herrera Campins
Main venue Estadio Olímpico
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The ninth Pan American Games were held in Caracas, Venezuela from August 14 to August 29, 1983. The games were the first major international competition to include relatively accurate steroid testing.[1] After 15 athletes, mostly weightlifters, tested positive, many others — including 12 American track and field athletes[2] — came down with injuries, got sick, or found other reasons to withdraw from competition and avoid the test.[1]

Medal count[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see 1983 Pan American Games medal table.
1 Host nation

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Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) a 137/148 92/101 56/53 285/302
2  Cuba (CUB) a 79/78/80 53/51/49 43/45 175/174
3  Canada (CAN) a 18/22 44/42 47/55 109/119
4  Brazil (BRA) 14 20 23 57
5  Venezuela (VEN) 1 a 12/14 26/25 35/37 73/76



Doping positives
Athlete Nation Sport Prohibited substance Note
Daniel Núñez  Cuba Weightlifting Anabolic steroid [3]
Alberto Blanco  Cuba Weightlifting Anabolic steroid [3]
Jeff Michaels  United States Weightlifting Anabolic steroid [3]
Guy Greavette  Canada Weightlifting Anabolic steroid [3]
Jacques Oligier  Chile Weightlifting Anabolic steroid [3]
Michael Vian  Canada Weightlifting Anabolic steroid [3]
Enrique Montiel  Nicaragua Weightlifting Anabolic steroid [3]
José Adarmes  Venezuela Weightlifting Anabolic steroid [3]
Mario Durruty  Cuba Fenching Anabolic steroid [3]
Juan Núñez  Dominican Republic Athletics Fencamfamine [3][4][5]
Francisco López  Argentina Weightlifting Anabolic steroid [3]
Caballero Dolcey  Colombia Weightlifting Anabolic steroid [3]
Fernando Vera  Chile Cycling Anabolic steroid [3][6][7]
Lázaro Beltrán  Cuba Volleyball Ephedrine [3]
Juan De la Cruz  Dominican Republic Athletics Anabolic steroid [3]
José Lozada  Puerto Rico Weightlifting Anabolic steroid [3]


The 1983 Games' mascot was a lion holding a 1983 sign named Santiaguito.[8]


  1. ^ a b Taylor, William N., Anabolic Steroids and the Athlete, Second Edition, 2002, McFarland & Company, p. 150.
  2. ^ "Canadian women shine in softball win," Toronto Star, August 25, 1983, p. E4.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Ernesto Rodrigues III: IGUALITO QUE CARACAS 1983, olimpicosargentinos.com.ar, 26 July 2015
  4. ^ Games spoiled by controversy, The Cavalier Daily, 30 August 1983
  5. ^ Brigitte Berendonk: Doping-Dokumente. Von der Forschung zum Betrug. Springer-Verlag, Berlin 1991, ISBN 3-540-53742-2
  6. ^ Caracas Crackdown On Drugs Continue, The Palm Beach Post, 26 August 1983
  7. ^ Frank Litsky: Chilean Cyclist Is Disqualified, NY Times, 26 August 1983
  8. ^ http://www.quadrodemedalhas.com/en/pan-american-games/pan-american-games-1983-caracas.htm