Sports in Nicaragua – From Baseball to Boxing!

Did you know- Baseball is the national sport in the Central American nation of Nicaragua. At the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas (Venezuela), the national team, backed by the Cuban Olympic Committee, won the silver medal, ahead of America and the host country. The silver medal was the second for the country in the Pan American Games; it was the first appearance for Nicaragua in the finals. In the next year, the national team realized its dream of competing in the Olympiad. At the Los Angeles Olympics, Nicaragua was the first Central American nation to compete in the Games. Two years prior to the 1984 Olympics, the men’s baseball team finished sixth place in the XIV Central American and Caribbean Games, behind the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Netherlands Antilles, Panama, and Venezuela.

Seoul ’88

Did you know- As a result of its pro-Marxist policy, the nation’s then-dictator Daniel Ortega Saavedra did not send athletes -like Cuba, Ethiopia, Albania and North Korea– to the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea, an anti-Communist nation in Asia Living Tired.

Claudia Poll

Did you know- Costa Rica’s famous swimmer Claudia Poll -who was one of Latin America’s most prominent athletes of the 20th century — was born on December 22, 1972, in Managua, Nicaragua. She was the first Central American athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in the mid-1990s. During Nicaragua’s 1978 war, she left to country.

Sports

Did you know- The most popular sports are baseball, boxing, table tennis, taekwondo, and weightlifting. Because of the country’s poor sports infrastructure, Nicaragua –unlike Costa Rica and Panama– has never produced an Olympic gold medalist.

2007 Pan American Games

Did you know- At the 2007 Pan American Games Nicaragua reached 24th place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), winning a total of 2 bronze medals, outpacing Barbados, Bolivia, Paraguay, and the US Virgin Islands.

Sportswomen

Did you know- This Spanish-speaking nation has popular sportswomen: Maria de Lourdes Ruiz (athletics), Katerine Valle (judo), Beatriz Obregon (bowling), Xiomara Larios (track & field), Karla Moreno (weightlifting), and Maria Sacasa Cruz (cycling).

Alexis Arguello

Did you know- The nation’s former professional boxer Alexis Arguello was named as the flag bearer of the Nicaraguan Team at the opening ceremony of the Games of the 29th Olympiad in the People’s Republic of China. On the other hand, the National Olympic Committee sent six athletes -athletics, shooting, swimming, and weightlifting– to the 2008 Summer Games. The country’s best athlete was Karla Moreno, who came in 11th in the 48kg category in the Women’s Weightlifting Competition.

Volleyball

Did you know- By the early 1980s, the women’s volleyball squad finished tenth place in the Central American and Caribbean Games.

Alejandro Guevara Onofre: Freelance writer. Alejandro is author of a host of articles/essays about over 220 countries and dependencies (and American States as well), from ecology, history, tourism and national heroes to Olympic sports, foreign relations, and wildlife. In addition, he has published some books on women’s rights, among them “History of the Women in America” and “Famous Americans.