The 2014 South American Games that occurs in Santiago, Chile, is being held from March 7th to 18th with many of the most important athletes of the region competing for the first place. It´s the 10th edition of the ODESUR South American Games, and the second time that Santiago hosts the event. The majority of sports being held are taking place around the National Stadium.
On the opening ceremony the President of the South American Sports Organization – Odesur, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, has publicly thanked the Chilean Government, the Chilean Olympic Committee and the Organizing Committee of the Games in 2014, for Santiago’s determination to hold the competition. “The Odesur recognizes the effort and commitment of Chile to host the South American Games after the earthquake in 2010, which unfortunately claimed so many victims. The story is more evident when we try to overcome the pain. This feeling that unites us here in Santiago magnifies the history of the sport in South America” he declared.
ODESUR is a multi-sport event and one of these sports is the canoeing (Canoe Sprint), competed from March 12th to 14th. This modality counts with competitors of many countries, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. It´s expected a total of 82 athletes in canoeing events, containing 59 men and 23 women. The competitions will take place at Laguna Curauma, area that is 1 hour from the capital Santiago. Many athletes that compete on this sport have already listed their names as the most important athletes on the world, that´s the case of the Ecuadorian César de Cesare, the Argentinean Daniel Alfredo Dal Bo and the Brazilian Isaquias Queiroz. On the last edition of the South American Games, 2010 in Colombia, Brazil was the country that in the global score won the gold medal on the specialty of canoeing.
The Brazilian World Champion medalist, Isaquias Querioz, revealed that he is looking forward to the Games and that his goal is always the gold medal. “We are working hard for this championship, is the first competition of the year, so it’s very important to do a good presentation”.
The opening for the canoeing events began on, Wednesday March 12th, with only male competitions in 1000m Canoe (C1 and C2) and Kayak (K1, K2 and K4). On Thursday March 13th, the women’s began their competition in 500m with Kayak (K1 and K2). On Friday, the last day of event for canoeing sports, the competition is in male and female 200m. On the male event the modalities will be Canoe (C1) and Kayak (K1 and K2), as for the female it will happen on Canoe (C1) and Kayak (K1).
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