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1983 Pan American Games

IX Pan American Games
Official logo of the
Caracas 1983 Pan American Games.
Host city Caracas
Country Venezuela
Nations participating 36
Athletes participating 3,426
Events 269 in 23 sports
Opening ceremony August 14
Closing ceremony August 29
Officially opened by President Luis Herrera Campins
Main venue Estadio Olímpico
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The ninth 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]

Medal count

1 Host nation

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Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 137/148 92/101 56/53 285/302
2  Cuba (CUB) 79/78/80 53/51/49 43/45 175/174
3  Canada (CAN) 18/22 44/42 47/55 109/119
4  Brazil (BRA) 14 20 23 57
5  Venezuela (VEN) 1 12/14 26/25 35/37 73/76



  1. ^ a b 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.

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