1978 Southern Cross Games

1978 Southern Cross Games

I Southern Cross Games
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Host city La Paz
Country  Bolivia
Nations participating 8
Athletes participating 480
Events 16 sports
Opening ceremony November 3, 1978 (1978-11-03)
Closing ceremony November 12, 1978 (1978-11-12)
Athlete's Oath Edgar Cueto
Torch Lighter Roberto Prado
Main venue Estadio Olímpico Hernando Siles
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The I Southern Cross Games (Spanish: Juegos Cruz del Sur) were a multi-sport event held from November 3 to November 12, 1978 in La Paz, Bolivia, with some events in Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

La Paz already organized last year's Bolivarian Games and, with the necessary infrastructure already being present, hosted the majority of the events. Cochabamba hosted men's basketball, judo, tennis, and men's volleyball, and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, hosted equestrian, fencing, women's volleyball, and weightlifting.

This was the first edition of what would later be the South American Games, organized by the South American Sports Organization (ODESUR).[1] An appraisal of the games and detailed medal lists were published elsewhere,[2] emphasizing the results of the Argentinian teams. There is a further publication emphasizing on the Bolivian athletes.[3]

The South American Torch was ligthed by Bolivian athletes Roberto Prado in La Paz, Isabel Alemán in Cochabamba, and José Ernesto Roca in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. The Athlete's Oath was sworn by cyclist Edgar Cueto in La Paz, by judoka Ladislao Moravek in Cochabamba, and by fencer Luís Darío Vásquez in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.[3]

Medal count

The medal count for these Games is tabulated below. This table is sorted by the number of gold medals earned by each country. The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next, and then the number of bronze medals.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Argentina 91 53 45 189
2  Chile 31 25 20 76
3  Bolivia 20 42 44 109
4  Ecuador 13 8 6 27
5  Peru 9 16 10 35
6  Uruguay 4 16 12 32
7  Paraguay 2 3 4 9
8  Brazil 1 0 0 1
Total 171 163 141 475


A total number of 480 athletes competed for medals in sixteen sports:

Note: One source only references 15 events with no indication for baseball in the medal lists.[2]


External links

  • La Paz 78 ODESUR page