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The 2018 South American Games Begin

The 13-day South American games began in Cochabamba, Bolivia on Saturday as 4,000 athletes from across the continent arrived to compete in cycling, soccer, wrestling, swimming and gymnastics events.
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Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Aruba, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela are among the participating countries in this year
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Aruba, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela are among the participating countries in this year's event. Photo:Twitter @Cocha2018
Per tradition, the winners will be offered a small memento of this year
Per tradition, the winners will be offered a small memento of this year's mascots: the ukumari bear and the jaguar, both endangered species from the Andean region. Photo:Twitter @Cocha2018
The event has been a yearly tradition on the continent since 1974 and is sometimes referred to as the Odesur Games, an abbreviation of the Suramericana Sports Organization.
The event has been a yearly tradition on the continent since 1974 and is sometimes referred to as the Odesur Games, an abbreviation of the Suramericana Sports Organization. Photo:Twitter @Cocha2018
Members of the Paraguayan soccer team train before participating in the South American Games of Cochabamba 2018 on Saturday.
Members of the Paraguayan soccer team train before participating in the South American Games of Cochabamba 2018 on Saturday. Photo:EFE
Members of the handball team of Peru arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on May 25, 2018.
Members of the handball team of Peru arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on May 25, 2018. Photo:EFE
Venezuelan Michelle Martinez (L) and Damaris Ortiz (D) face Maria Bernatene and Maria Berruezo of Argentina during a badminton match on the first day of the international sporting event.
Venezuelan Michelle Martinez (L) and Damaris Ortiz (D) face Maria Bernatene and Maria Berruezo of Argentina during a badminton match on the first day of the international sporting event. Photo:EFE
Traditional dances and cultural expositions were incorporated into the opening ceremony at Saturday
Traditional dances and cultural expositions were incorporated into the opening ceremony at Saturday's international sporting competitions. Photo:Twitter @Cocha2018
Five events kicked off the two-week South American Games 2018 in the Félix Capriles stadium, Cochabamba.
Five events kicked off the two-week South American Games 2018 in the Félix Capriles stadium, Cochabamba. Photo:Twitter @Cocha2018
Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela stand out as among this year
Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela stand out as among this year's top contenders, having taken home scores of medals from the last ten South American Games. Photo:Twitter @Cocha2018
"We thank #Odesur, for the endearing present that they gave us on their arrival: a memento of the first games that were held in Bolivia in 1978, in La Paz and the sub-venues Santa Cruz and Cochabamba," Bolivian President Evo Morales posted on Twitter.
"We thank #Odesur, for the endearing present that they gave us on their arrival: a memento of the first games that were held in Bolivia in 1978, in La Paz and the sub-venues Santa Cruz and Cochabamba," Bolivian President Evo Morales posted on Twitter. Photo:Twitter @Cocha2018
Cultural displays were organized by residents of Ivirgarzama-Puerto Villarroel on Saturday to welcome the South American Games 2018.
Cultural displays were organized by residents of Ivirgarzama-Puerto Villarroel on Saturday to welcome the South American Games 2018. Photo:Twitter @Cocha2018
The 374 sporting events include skiing, futsal, golf, hockey, rugby, vasca ball, taekwondo, tennis, archery, sailing, volleyball, and horse riding among others.
The 374 sporting events include skiing, futsal, golf, hockey, rugby, vasca ball, taekwondo, tennis, archery, sailing, volleyball, and horse riding among others. Photo:Twitter @Cocha2018
Published 26 May 2018
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