Bids for the 1975 Pan American Games

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Bids for the
1975 (1975) Pan American Games
VII Pan American Games
Winner: Santiago
Runner-up: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Location of the bidding cities
Location of the bidding cities
Important dates
WinnerSantiago (27 votes)
Runner-upSan Juan, Puerto Rico (0 votes)

Two cities submitted bids to host the 1975 Pan American Games that were recognized by the Pan American Sports Organization. On August 29, 1969, Santiago was selected unanimously over San Juan to host the VII Pan American Games by PASO at its 10th general assembly, held in Cali, Colombia.[1][2][3]

In 1973, Santiago dropped out from hosting, and in 1974, its replacement Sao Paulo did the same.[4][5] Mexico City was granted the hosting rights with just 10 months to prepare.[6][7]

Host city selection[edit]

Twenty-seven countries took part in the vote.[3]

1975 Pan American Games bidding results
City NOC Round 1
Santiago  Chile 27
San Juan  Puerto Rico 0

Candidate cities[edit]

Chile Santiago, Chile[edit]

This bid marked the fourth time that Santiago had bid to host the Pan American Games -- first in Sao Paulo, then in Mexico, and most recently, in Winnipeg.[3]

Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico[edit]

It was generally understood that San Juan would not host the 1975 Pan American Games; as such, President of the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee Felicio Terregrosa asked to be the alternate host city, should Santiago back out.[8] Puerto Rico's bid was presented extemporaneously.[3]

Mexico City hosts the games[edit]

In 1973, due to unstable political and financial reasons mainly due to the military coup of Augusto Pinochet, Santiago declined to organize the games.[4] The runner-up San Juan had already been awarded the 1979 Pan American Games, so they declined to host the games.[9] Sao Paulo took over as the host city but was forced to relinquish them as well due to economic reasons and an outbreak of meningitis in 1974.[5]

After Sao Paulo dropped out, President Luis Echeverría Álvarez informed President of the Mexican Olympic Committee (COM) Mario Vázquez Raña that Mexico City was authorized to bid as host for the games. The committee then informed PASO that the city would host the games, so long as no other countries are interested. With just 10 months until the Pan American Games, the PASO announced that Mexico City would serve as the host city.[7]


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  2. ^ "Chile Chosen Cali". Lethbridge Herald. Colombia. Reuters. 30 August 1969. p. 11. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
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  7. ^ a b "Regresaron a México los Juegos Panamericanos en 1975" [The Pan American Games returned to Mexico in 1975]. Mexican Olympic Committee (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Puerto Rico Aspira a Ser Suplente de Chile" [Puerto Rico aspires to be a substitute for Chile]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). AFP. 28 August 1969. p. 17. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Belle Époque: Ciudad de México 1975" [Belle Époque: Mexico City 1975]. ESPN Deportes (in Spanish). 9 June 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2019.