1983 Pan American Games

The 1983 Pan American Games were held in Caracas, Venezuela from August 14 to August 29, 1983. The games were the first major international competition to include relatively accurate steroid testing.[1] After 15 athletes, mostly weightlifters, tested positive, many others including 12 American track and field athletes[2] came down with injuries, got sick, or found other reasons to withdraw from competition and avoid the test.[1]

IX Pan American Games
Host cityCaracas, Venezuela
Events269 in 23 sports
OpeningAugust 14
ClosingAugust 29
Opened by
StadiumEstadio Olímpico
1979 San Juan 1987 Indianapolis

Host city selection

Four cities submitted bids to host the 1983 Pan American Games that were recognized by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO); however, only one city, Hamilton, Ontario submitted their bid on time. On April 23, 1977, Caracas, Venezuela was selected over Hamilton, Canada in a two-city vote to host the IX Pan American Games by the PASO at its general assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[3][4]

Medal count

1 Host nation

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Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States (USA) a137/14892/10156/53285/302
2 Cuba (CUB) a79/78/8053/51/4943/45175/174
3 Canada (CAN) a18/2244/4247/55109/119
4 Brazil (BRA)14202357
5 Venezuela (VEN) 1 a12/1426/2535/3773/76



Doping positives
Athlete Nation Sport Prohibited substance Note
Daniel Núñez CubaWeightliftingAnabolic steroid[5]
Alberto Blanco CubaWeightliftingAnabolic steroid[5]
Jeff Michaels United StatesWeightliftingAnabolic steroid[5]
Guy Greavette CanadaWeightliftingAnabolic steroid[5]
Jacques Oligier ChileWeightliftingAnabolic steroid[5]
Michael Vian CanadaWeightliftingAnabolic steroid[5]
Enrique Montiel NicaraguaWeightliftingAnabolic steroid[5]
José Adarmes VenezuelaWeightliftingAnabolic steroid[5]
Mario Durruty CubaFencingAnabolic steroid[5]
Juan Núñez Dominican RepublicAthleticsFencamfamine[5][6][7]
Francisco López ArgentinaWeightliftingAnabolic steroid[5]
Caballero Dolcey ColombiaWeightliftingAnabolic steroid[5]
Fernando Vera ChileCyclingAnabolic steroid[5][8][9]
Lázaro Beltrán CubaVolleyballEphedrine[5]
Juan De la Cruz Dominican RepublicAthleticsAnabolic steroid[5]
José Lozada Puerto RicoWeightliftingAnabolic steroid[5]


The 1983 Games' mascot was a lion holding a 1983 sign named Santiaguito.[10]


  1. Taylor, William N., Anabolic Steroids and the Athlete, Second Edition, 2002, McFarland & Company, p. 150.
  2. "Canadian women shine in softball win," Toronto Star, August 25, 1983, p. E4.
  3. "Caracas hará Panamericanos" [Caracas has Pan American]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). San Juan, Puerto Rico. AFP. 23 April 1977. p. 2-B. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  4. "Caracas shaky as Games' site". Winnipeg Free Press. Hamilton, Canada. CP. 26 April 1977. p. 48. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  5. Ernesto Rodrigues III: IGUALITO QUE CARACAS 1983 Archived 2015-07-27 at the Wayback Machine, olimpicosargentinos.com.ar, 26 July 2015
  6. Games spoiled by controversy, The Cavalier Daily, 30 August 1983
  7. Brigitte Berendonk: Doping-Dokumente. Von der Forschung zum Betrug. Springer-Verlag, Berlin 1991, ISBN 3-540-53742-2
  8. Caracas Crackdown On Drugs Continue, The Palm Beach Post, 26 August 1983
  9. Frank Litsky: Chilean Cyclist Is Disqualified, NY Times, 26 August 1983
  10. "IX Pan American Games - Caracas (Venezuela) 1983". Quadro de Medalhas. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
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San Juan
IX Pan American Games

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