Nov 22, -- Over two thousand three hundred athletes have already classified for participation in the coming Central American and Caribbean Sports Games 2014, to be held by the end of next year in Veracruz, a Mexican port city, according to the meet’s organizing committee.
They represent 42 percent of the over five thousand seven hundred athletes that will compete in Veracruz and other nearby Mexican cities that will co-host the meet.
This new edition of these sports games will run from November 14th to the 27th. 2014
The revamping and construction of sports installations is running according to schedule. All of them will be inspected two months prior to the Games by officials of the Central America and Caribbean Sports Organization, also known as ODECABE, for its Spanish acronym.
Periodical visits by ODECABE officials are also paid to all sports sites every two months, a spokesman for the organization said.
The next Games will include open water competitions and female boxing matches, for the first time, and will greet again a Golf tournament , which returns after years of suspension.
Following international standards, only eight competitors by categories will be accepted.
Thirty one nations will match their skills in 4 hundred 49 competitions in thirty six sports.
Experts will conduct not less than 700 antidoping tests, seventy five types of them involving blood tests.
Twenty modalities in twelve sports will rank winners for participation in the Panamerican Games in Toronto in 2015.
Cuba has been the winning nation of the Central America and Caribbean Sports Games since the Panama edition in 1970, that is thirty four years in a row, and has won the largest collection of medals of all participating countries despite the fact that it did not attend the Caracas 1959, San Salvador 2002 and the Mayaguez (Puerto Rico) 2010 Games.
The first Central America and Caribbean Games were held in Mexico, in 1926.
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