The Bolivarian Games are a regional multi-sport competition, held in different countries of South America as an honour to Simon Bolivar, popularly known as "El Libertador”. He was an active leader of several independence movements throughout South America, and it was due to his heroic efforts that countries Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia got freedom. Hence, the competition is open to these six countries. Recently, Chile has also been included in the list of members allowed to participate in the Games by the Bolivarian Sports Organization (ODEBO), the governing body of Bolivarian Games and a sub-organization of Pan-American Sports Organization. The Bolivarian Games were first organized in the year 1938 at Bogota, Colombia. The idea of the Bolivarian Games was inspired by the Summer Olympic event, held in 1936 and Alberto Nariño Cheyne was the originator of these games that aims to foster the feeling of unity amongst the participating nations through the means of sports.
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