Carried out in Venezuelan territory, this international contest began on Friday, April 21 and will end on Saturday, April 29. So far, the organizers have awarded 259 medals, of which 90 are gold, another 90 silver, and 79 bronze.
Venezuelan athletes lead the competition with 173 medals, distributed in 62 gold medals, 67 silver medals and 44 bronze. Cuban athletes have achieved 41 medals: 22 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze.
Other countries that have achieved medals are Nicaragua with three gold medals, 12 silvers and 23 bronzes; and Bolivia with three gold medals, one silver and three bronze.
Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Granada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Russia are also participating in the 2023 ALBA games.
Estamos felices de abrir las puertas de Venezuela, a la hermandad y la alegría que solo el deporte nos puede dar. Los V Juegos Deportivos del ALBA 2023, son una verdadera fiesta de unión de nuestros pueblos. pic.twitter.com/m2ACjzngpQ
President Nicolas Maduro's tweet reads, "We are happy to open Venezuela's doors to brotherhood and joy that only sport can give us. The 2023 ALBA Games are a true celebration of our peoples' union."
On Sunday, Venezuela won four gold medals in Taekwondo, a discipline in which Cuba won two gold medals.
In the individual cycling road test, the Venezuelans Reinaldo Arocha, Luis Pinto and Luis Mora made the 1-2-3. The Venezuelan women's soccer team began its participation in the ALBA games on the right foot, defeating Dominica 13-0..
Founded in 2004 by Presidents Hugo Chavez (Venezuela) and Fidel Castro (Cuba), the ALBA began organizing games in 2005, when about 2,000 athletes from 18 Latin American countries competed in Havana. The games' last edition was held in Venezuela in 2011.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov began a tour of Latin America in Brazil that will last until 21 April and will include visits to Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. pic.twitter.com/RxOwzps65Z