The Pan American Games, Now in Guadalajara

Luis Ernesto de la Garza Carballo

The Pan American Games, Now in Guadalajara

Do you like sports? Do you enjoy rooting for your team in international competitions? Do you like to compete and share this wonderful experience with people from other countries in a lovely tourist destination? Then take advantage of this excellent opportunity and enjoy the 16th Pan American Games, which will take place in the beautiful city of Guadalajara. Every four years, the Pan American Games are organized by the Organizacion Deportiva Panamericana (ODEPA; Pan American Sports Organization) and is a showcase of athletic abilities from the entire American continent.

Pan American Games' PetsThe last games were held in 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, where 44 disciplines (to date, the maximum number of events ever) were on display, including rugby, tae kwon do and indoor soccer. Four years later, in 2011, the very Mexican city of Guadalajara, in Jalisco, Mexico, is now the host city for this celebration of athletic excellence and healthy competition. From October 13 to 30, 42 countries will compete against the rest of the athletic community of the American continent. In order to cater to the needs and requirements of the event, the city has developed a first class tourist and sport infrastructure.

Healthy competence and comraderyThe magic of the games will start at the pyramids of Teotihuacan, right outside of Mexico City, where the "Lighting of the New Fire" ceremony will take place. The Pan American torch will be transported from there to the entire country, arriving on October 14 to the Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara, Jalisco. You can even be a torch bearer if you register on the official page of the event.

Artistic Gimnastics in Pan American GamesThe ticket design for each event is different, incorporating the color schemes that are characteristic of the logo of that particular sport. The tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies also have a unique design, making them very collectable. Tickets for all events can be found at Ticketmaster or in specialized distribution points.

Swimming in Pan American GamesThe types of sports range from martial arts like judo, tae kwon do and karate to bowling, speed skating, shooting, archery, triathlon, weight lifting and much more. All athletic categories are covered in this competition where the only thing missing is you. Cheer on your favorite athlete and root for your country in this show of healthy competition.

Fencing in Pan American GamesCome and witness this fantastic competition and get the opportunity to see some of Guadalajara's attractions. The city (also known locally as the "Perla Tapatia" or the "Tapatian Pearl") exudes art and beauty in its architecture, culture and tourist attractions. Don't forget to visit the historic center and the "Ciudad de las Rosas" ("City of Roses" referring to the metropolitan area). Tlaquepaque, Zapopan and Tonala are nearby cities that will surprise you with their beauty and elegance, displaying Mexican culture in all its splendor.

By Luiser de la Garza