Around 3,500 athletes from 11 countries will take part in the V Alba Games in Venezuela 2023, scheduled from April 21-29.
Venezuelan Minister of Youth and Sports Mervin Maldonado stressed that this time the representation of Russia will attend as a guest, alongside Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia.
«The date set for the organization of the Games is from April 21 to 29. In other words, as of today, we are 93 days away from lighting the Alba flame at the inauguration,” Maldonado said during a meeting in Caracas attended by Alba-TCP Executive Secretary Félix Plasencia.
“We have agreed to resume our games in Venezuela in 2023 to further strengthen our sport and our integration,” the executive said via Twitter after the constitution of the competition’s organizing committee.
The 35 scheduled sports will take place at 30 facilities spread across Miranda, La Guaira and Caracas.
In May 2022, during the first meeting of Alba ministers and high sports authorities, Venezuela proposed to resume the Games, the last competition of which was held in 2011 precisely in that country.
The first edition of the Games took place in Cuba, which also organized the third edition in 2009. Venezuela hosted the event for the first time in 2007.
The Alba-TCP was founded 17 years ago, promoted by the leaders of Cuba and Venezuela, Fidel Castro Ruz and Hugo Chávez Frías respectively.