Asunción reinstated as South American Games host

A Paraguay fan looks on prior to the 2016 Copa America Centenario Group A match between Colombia and Paraguay (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The Paraguayan capital of Asunción has been reinstated as the host of the 2022 South American Games after withdrawing rights for the multi-sport event in July.

The South American Sports Organization (ODESUR) ratified Asunción as the host of the Games after the government in Paraguay reaffirmed its commitment for the event.

During an electronic vote, the majority of ODESUR’s 14 member Olympic committees voted for the event going ahead in Asunción, which was initially awarded hosting rights in 2017 after being the only bidding candidate.

Asunción opted to pull out of hosting in July amid rising costs, with the national government stating at the time that the funds would be reallocated to build a new hospital in the city instead. ODESUR president Camilo Pérez López Moreira, who also serves as the president of the Paraguay Olympic Commission, said at the time that he was “devastated” by the government’s decision.

In a statement issued yesterday (Tuesday) following the reinstatement of Paraguay as host of the Games, Pérez said: “We hope that the next South American Games will be an unforgettable celebration that marks a generation. We want to inspire youth to embrace Olympic values, always under our model of promoting sustainable, efficient events and with a strong social legacy.”

The most recent edition of the South American Games was held in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2018.