The South American Games that will qualify athletes to Santiago 2023 and begin on October 1 will have a veritable constellation of outstanding athletes. They will undoubtedly be the stars of this sports festival that comes to Asuncion, Paraguay for the first time in history.

Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Colombia have already confirmed Olympic medalists in their delegations.

Everything is ready and arranged in the Paraguayan capital for the Opening Ceremony of the XII Asuncion 2022 South American Games to begin on October 1.

This sports festival will have several ingredients that will make it a historical affair and the most important regional event of 2022. These Games will take place on Paraguay’s soil for the first time ever; a new record total of 4,526 athletes will compete in the Games; and there will be 18 qualifying disciplines for the next Pan American Games.

As a result, all of the 15 delegations have prepared hard and will bring their best athletes. Many countries have already confirmed that they will bring a historic number of competitors, such as Chile with 539 athletes and the host nation Paraguay with 572. Meanwhile, Argentina, Colombia and Brazil will also bring large delegations of 592, 500 and 464 athletes, respectively.

There are several Olympic, World and Pan American Games medalists who make up the most outstanding athletes who will arrive in Asuncion. Check out below some of the exciting stars that fans in Paraguay will be able to watch on local television and those throughout the world will witness for free on the Panam Sports Channel.

Las Leonas Field Hockey team – Tokyo 2020 silver medalists and Lima 2019 Pan Am Games Champions
Men’s Football team – led by former World Cup player Javier Mascherano who recently won the L’Alcudia tournament in Spain

Isaquias Queiroz – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion, 8x World Champion, 3x Pan Am Games Champion in Canoe Sprint
Ana Marcela – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion and 3x World Champion in Open Water Swimming
Arthur Zanetti – Olympic, World and Pan Am Games Champion in Artistic Gymnastics

Mariana Pajon – 2x Olympic Champion and 6x World Champion in BMX Racing
Ingrit Valencia – Rio 2016 bronze medalist in Boxing
Eider Arevalo – London 2017 World Champion in Racewalking

Daniel Dhers – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medalist, 5-time X Games Champion, Lima 2019 Pan Am Games Champion in BMX Freestyle
Julio Mayora – Tokyo 2020 silver medalist, World Championships bronze medalist and Lima 2019 Pan Am Games Champion in Weightlifting
Keydomar Vallenilla – Tokyo 2020 silver medalist and Lima 2019 bronze medalist in Weightlifting
Yoel Finol – Rio 2016 silver medalist in Boxing