The third edition of the Youth South American Games are officially underway in Rosario, Argentina. 

The Games feature athletes from 15 countries and will take place from April 28 to May 8. Watch the action live on the Panam Sports Channel. 

ROSARIO, ARGENTINA (April 28, 2022) — With an exciting and colorful Opening Ceremony at the Independence Park Lake, the 3rd edition of the Youth South American Games of Rosario 2022 officially began. The event was attended by Rosario Mayor Pablo Javkin, Santa Fe Governor Omar Perotti, Argentina’s Tourism and Sports Minister Matias Lammens, ODESUR President Camilo Perez Lopez Moreira and Panam Sports President Neven Ilic.

One by one, the representatives of the 15 participating countries carried their flag over a footbridge crossing the lake. The following flag bearers proudly passed by the authorities and received the warm applause on the cold Rosario night: Braynsly Dirksz and Josielienne Boekhoudt (Aruba); María Celeste Añez Lara and Esteban Nuñez Del Prado Pizarro (Bolivia); Stephanie Balduccini and Henrique Marques Rodrigues Fernandes (Brazil); Felipe Olivero Toro and Martina Roper Joo (Chile); Jimena Leguizamon and Daniel Ramirez Contreras (Colombia); Ruthsel Martina (Curacao); Nicolas Garcia and Jessica Palacios (Ecuador); Leon Seaton Jr. and Thuraia Thomas (Guyana); Emily Marie Santos Silva and Samir Abraham Marciaga Yau (Panama); Adolfo Daniel Vallejo and Luana Alonso (Paraguay); Gonzalo Sebastian Bueno Rodriguez and Alexia Patricia Sotomayor Acuña; Kaelyn Djoparto and Jonathan Wijngaarde (Suriname); Martin Gasalla and Sofia Herrera (Uruguay); Emil Perez and Kerlys Montilla (Venezuela); Luciana Moyano and Nicolas Chiaraviglio (Argentina).

After the parade of athletes, the Argentine national anthem was performed by Juana Piazza, followed by that of the International Olympic Committee and ending with the Official Song of Rosario 2022.

The theme song of the 3rd Youth South American Games was created by Rosario producer Pablikoman. He performed together with the artist Queen Di, giving life to the lyrics “Suramérica va por más (South America goes for more)”, which flows to the rhythm of Hip-Hop with a very local style that thrilled the attendees.

After the speeches from the dignitaries in attendance, the cauldron was lit in traditional fashion by Nicolas Capogrosso, a beach volleyball athlete from Argentina.

After the flame illuminated the skies of Rosario, the Official Mascot Tete was presented before the spectacular conclusion with a light show and music.

“I am happy to be present today at this Inauguration of the Youth South American Games in Rosario. It has been a very beautiful and emotional ceremony and there is an atmosphere of celebration, happiness and brotherhood among the countries that is worthy of admiration. I congratulate ODESUR, its President Camilo Perez and his team, the volunteers and of course the entire city of Rosario for this beautiful party. And I wish the athletes the best of success. They represent the future of our sport throughout the continent,” said Panam Sports President Neven Ilic after the ceremony.


The countries of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Venezuela, Argentina and Chile all earned their first gold medals in swimming on this first day of competition.

Congratulations to all of the gold medalists in swimming: Alexia Sotomayor (PER), Elias Ardiles (CHI), Dante Nicola (ARG), Stephanie Balduccini (BRA), 4x100m mixed freestyle relay (BRA), Stephan De Freitas (BRA), Giovanna Reis (BRA) Estefania Gomez (COL) and Emil Perez (VEN).

Competition continues tomorrow, April 9 with Gymnastics, Swimming, Taekwondo, Basketball 3×3 and Beach Volleyball, among others.

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