BOULDER – University of Colorado freshman tennis student-athlete Dhany Quevedo will be representing her country of Venezuela at the Bolivarian Games from November 20-30 in Trujillo, Peru. It’s the 17th edition of the Bolivarian Games.
In addition to Venezuela, five other countries are participating in the multi-sport regional event along with Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Peru.
Quevedo is in her second semester of her freshman year majoring in communication. She has 12 singles and four doubles victories.
She has also competed for Venezuela at the 2012 Pan-American Games where she won gold medals in doubles, mixed doubles, and a silver medal in singles. Not a stranger to international competition, Quevedo won the ITF Grade 1 in Colombia (doubles); ITF Grade 2 in Bolivia (doubles); and the ITF Grade 4 at El Salvador (singles) and was the Copa Tigo International Champion in 2011.
The Bolivarian Games are held in honor of Simón Bolívar – known as “El Libertador,” The Liberato. Simón Bolívar was the leader of several independence movements throughout South America, collectively known as Bolívar's War.
To this day, Bolívar is credited with leading the fight for independence in what are now the countries of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia. He is revered as a hero in these countries and throughout much of the rest of Hispanic America. Hence, the event is open to the six countries liberated by Bolívar or those born from these.
The Bolivarian Games are organized by the Bolivarian Sports Organization (ODEBO). In order to participate, all athletes must be entered by their National Olympic Committee.
The first Games were held in 1938 in Bogotá, Colombia for the city's 400th anniversary. They have since been held irregularly, but every four years since 1973, with the last edition in Sucre, Bolivia in 2009.