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2023 Pan American Games and Karate

Karate has been included as one of the sports in past Pan American Games, including the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, where it made its debut as an official sport. Karate was also be included in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.


The 2023 Pan American Games (Spanish: Juegos Panamericanos de 2023), officially the XIX Pan American Games and commonly known as Santiago 2023, is a upcoming international multi-sport event governed by the Panam Sports Organization, scheduled to be held in Santiago, Chile from 20 October to 5 November 2023. These are the first Pan American Games to be held in Chile, and the eighth to be held in South America.


The games are scheduled to be held in 39 venues across in the Santiago Metropolitan Region and three other regions of Chile. The Pan American Games and the 2023 Parapan American Games were organized by the Santiago Organizing Committee for the 2023 Pan and Parapan American Games.


Bidding process

Main article: Bids for the 2023 Pan American Games

Two bids were submitted for the 2023 Pan American Games. Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina both submitted bids. On February 1, 2017, the Pan American Sports Organization (now Panam Sports) announced the two cities as the official bids. Buenos Aires withdrew their bid in April 2017 due to not having the necessary finances or logistics to host this event and the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.


Host city election

Santiago was unanimously elected as the host city at the ANOC General Assembly in Prague on November 4, 2017.[3] This will mark the first time Chile hosts the Pan American Games. Santiago was initially awarded the right to host the 1975 and later 1987 Pan American Games, but withdrew as host both times due to financial and political problems. Most recently, Santiago was a candidate for the 2019 Pan American Games but lost to Lima.


Bidding results

Santiago          Chile    Unanimous


The budget for the games is $507 million USD, with $170 million reserved for the building of ten new sporting venues and the upgrade of six arenas.[5] The budget is about 36% of what was spent for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada and 50% of the last Pan American Games in 2019, in Lima, Peru.[6]



National stadium is the main stadium for the games.

Various venues across Santiago and various other cities will be used for the games, including Viña del Mar, Valparaíso and Algarrobo. In March 2022, the first venue for the games was officially inaugurated: the field hockey stadium on the National Stadium Grounds.


In June 2022, organizers revealed the final venue plan consisting of 41 competition venues. 39 will be used for the Games, with the other two being used exclusively for the 2023 Parapan American Games. The venues span four regions of the country: Santiago, Valparaíso, O'Higgins and Biobío.


Athletes Village

In December 2021, a ceremony was held to lay the first brick for the village. The village is expected to cost approximately $100 million USD, and will consist of 1,345 apartments. After the games, the village will be converted to social housing. The village is being built in the Cerrillos Bicentennial Park community of Santiago.


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