The fourth edition of the South American Beach Games begins this Thursday, March 14. Rosario 2019 will feature more than 1,800 athletes from 14 countries competing next to the Paraná River in 14 disciplines.

Everything is ready in the city of Rosario, Argentina as tomorrow brings the start of the 4th South American Beach Games with the Opening Ceremony.

The ODESUR General Assembly was held on Wednesday, with the participation of the Panam Sports President, Neven Ilic, and the top leaders of regional sport.

These will be unprecedented Games because they mark the first time in history the South American Beach Games are held in a city that doesn’t touch the ocean. However, the Paraná River and the beautiful beach resort of La Florida will still provide the exciting Beach Games feel.

More than 1,800 athletes from 14 countries will compete for medals at the event, with athletes hailing from: Aruba, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Rosario 2019 will feature 14 sports: Open Water Swimming, Beach Tennis, Boating, Beach Hockey, Beach Volleyball, Skateboarding, Triathlon, Beach Soccer, Stand Up Paddle Surfing, Rowing, Beach Handball, Beach Rugby, Sailing and Water Skiing.

The South American Beach Games were created by ODESUR in 2009. Since then, three editions have been held in Montevideo, Uruguay in 2009, Manta, Ecuador in 2011 and Vargas, Venezuela in 2014.

Brazil leads all countries with 64 total medals at the three previous Beach Games, including 30 gold, 18 silver and 16 bronze. Argentina is in second place all-time with 72 medals (22,25,25) and Ecuador is third with 28 (13,7,8).

View the Rosario 2019 sports schedule below: