The Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium would host the opening and closing ceremonies of Santo Domingo to be chosen as the venue.
The Guanajuato (Mexico) government withdrew León’s candidacy to host the 2026 Central American and Caribbean Games. This leaves Santo Domingo as the sole candidate for the event, whose venue is scheduled to be announced next October by the Sports Organization. Central American and Caribbean (Odecabe) chaired by Luis Mejía Oviedo.
In a video broadcast by the Mexican state government, Isaac Piña Valdivia, director of the Guanajuato State Sports Commission, announced the decision and narrated how the federal government remained indifferent to the candidacy, forcing the project to resign.
According to information published by the Mexican newspaper am.com.mx, Valdivia pointed out that several times he tried to arrange an interview with the governor, Diego Sinhue Rodríguez, and Ana Gabriela Guevara, director of the National Sports Commission, to ask for the support federal to the candidacy. From November, when León presented the candidacy, until this May, Guevara did not respond to the request.
“We respectfully request the necessary endorsement for the candidacy, the result is that we did not get a response from either CONADE or the Presidency of the Republic,” said Piña Valdivia.
The head of CODE added that on the part of the State of Guanajuato “we never spared efforts, there was always a great interest in getting this venue due to its magnitude and relevance, since it represents a great boost for athletes in our country, an event of these dimensions requires the support of the federation, which in this case did not exist ”.
On the other hand, it was stated that the withdrawal of the candidacy is not a political issue on the part of Guanajuato, since the event would be until 2026 and neither of the two administrations, both state and federal, would be in government.
In addition, always according to the statement of Isaac Piña, in recent months they asked for the support in an official email from the governor to the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Even pineapple
Valdivia physically delivered the petition to the offices of the Presidency of the Republic, but there was no response.
Last year, prior to the Pan American Games in Lima, the federal government cut the budget allocated to sport via the National Sports Commission, which generated a wave of criticism from federations and athletes.
According to AM, Leon was expected to obtain the venue in a vote this year, since the intention of the Mexican federations is to hold the 2026 Games in the country, as it is the centennial event of this type of competition.