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22.05.2009 :: 20h45

The Uruguayan city of Montevideo was the location this Friday, March 22, for the 22nd General Assembly of the South American Sports Organization (Odesur). The meeting was attended by representatives of the 15 Olympic Committees affiliated to the organization, which is chaired by Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB). During the assembly, the city of Santiago in Chile was confirmed as host city of the 2014 South American Games.

In Montevideo to support the Chilean candidacy were the President of Olympic Committee of Chile, Neven Ilic Alvarez, Mayor of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, Igor Garafulic Olivares, and Chile’s National Director of Sports, Jaime Pizarro. The 2014 South American Games will stage competitions across 31 events and will take place between October 25 and November 8. The event will be part of the celebrations of the bicentennial of the independence of Chile and leave as legacy new Olympic-standard sports facilities and huge investment in Chilean sport.

The participants of the 22nd General Assembly of the Odesur also approved progress reports on the IX South American Games to be held in Medelin in 2010 and the I South American Beach Games which will take place in Punta del Este and Montevideo in December.

It was also confirmed that candidate cities for the II South American Beach Games have until 1st of October 2009 to enroll. The Chairman of the Evaluation Committee, Ramón Zubizarreta, President of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee, will visit the contenders in November and the final decision will be announced on December 2.

Candidate cities for the Pan American Games of 2015 were given space at the General Assembly in Odesur. Bogotá (Colombia), Lima (Peru) and Toronto (Canada) all made presentations. The selection of the host city will be made in November in Guadalajara.