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Were the Pan-Am Games really worth it?

Were the Pan-Am Games really worth it?

Posted by Nick Yang on August 26, 2013

IN an age where pragmatism should account for much, I challenge the establishment by suggesting that in its present format, events like the Pan American Games seem to have outlived their usefulness and could be a burden, rather than a benefit, to participating countries.

Not unlike the Commonwealth Games, the Pan Ams was originally conceptualised to increase sporting activities among people sharing a homogeneous bond — in this case, those who lived in this part of the world known as the Americas .

One should bear in mind, however, that having had its theoretical genesis back in 1926 before being formally implemented in 1951, the idea of a regional games came at a time when there was a tremendous need for sporting activities the world over, with only the Olympic Games offering competition of a multi-disciplinary nature at that point in time.

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