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  • Mayaguez Games a Success


    08/02/10

    Felipe Perez Grajales, president of the Mayaguez 2010 Organizing Committee said the Games were a success. (COMAZ)
    (ATR) The lead organizer of the 2010 Mayaguez Central American and Caribbean Games claims the Games are a success.

    “Mission accomplished” said Felipe Perez Grajales, president of the Mayaguez 2010 Organizing Committee.

    "For us, this day is of great nostalgia," Grajales said at the Games’ final press conference Saturday.

    "We have seen history happen in these past six years where there have been efforts and sacrifices of many people."

    Competition for the Games ended Sunday. The closing ceremony is scheduled for Monday night.

    Hector Cardona, president of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization said the Mayaguez Games were "the best Games in 76 years".

    David Bernier, president of the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee said when the Games end “it will be difficult to return to normal life.”

    Some of the legacy the Games will leave in Mayaguez include a multimillion dollar
    The Dominican Republic won gold in baseball. (Getty Images)
    renovation of the area’s highways. The governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuno invested nearly $500 million in the Games.

    Around 5400 athletes and 1200 officials participated in the Games which started July 18.

    Organizers estimate more than one million people came to Mayaguez for the Games.

    Forty five sports were contested at the Games and 28 countries won medals.

    Mexico topped the medal tally with 384 medals, including 133 gold. Venezuela and Colombia were second and third with 322 and 260 medals respectively. Host Puerto Rico finished fourth with 167 medals.

    Despite concerns over finding a suitable venue, a men’s football tournament was played. Originally scheduled to take place in Puerto Rico, the regional football body CONCACAF pulled its support for the event. Venezuela stepped up and offered to stage the tournament. Six teams ended up competing.

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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