Saturday, 24 June 2023 05:58

President Nayib Bukele Inaugurates XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games 2023

Written by Coralia Cuellar // Evelyn Alas
President Nayib Bukele Inaugurates XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games 2023 Alonso Zuniga// Executive Producer// Photographer

Today, the President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, inaugurated the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games, the most important sporting event in the region, at the Estadio Jorge “El Mágico” González .

The President is the second oldest sporting event in the world. The Olympics and then these games. He said that during 16 days, salvadorans will witness this sports festival with more than 5,000 athletes from 35 countries and 53 sports disciplines.


"But also of a space of brotherhood between our cultures and our peoples, who not only have a common history, but we have the same desire for a better future", said the president.


Detailing that the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2021 were left without a home, and the venue, which was already there, had to decline due to the pandemic.


The salvadoran president explained that they have made an investment of approximately US$100 million for the modernization and transformation of the country's different sports facilities.


"When the venue declined, we saw several opportunities. We saw the opportunity to save these games and guarantee that thousands of athletes could shine and fulfill their dream of participating in a sporting event of this level", he explained.


The Central American and Caribbean Games were born thanks to the initiative of the Mexican Olympic Society which, after Mexico's performance in the Paris 1924 Olympic Games, decided to organize a multi-sport event among Central American countries so that sports in these nations could increase their competitive level.


The III Central American and Caribbean Games were held in San Salvador, El Salvador, between march 16 and april 5, 1935.


Competitors increased to 741 and included sports such as golf, horseback riding, boxing and wrestling. Women continued to compete in swimming, basketball and volleyball. Jamaica did not participate in these games.


"Here in El Salvador you can go anywhere, it is totally safe: you can go to any community. You can ask the people what they think of El Salvador, of this government", said the salvadoran president.


Participating countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, French Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands, USA, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Venezuela.


At the closing of the event was Dj Marshmellow who delighted the attendees with his most exclusive compositions of the electronic genre.





Translated by: A.M