Central American games opened with great fanfare

With a spectacle worthy of the Olympics, the Juegos Centroamericanos opened in San José Sunday night.

There were parades, including one with horses carrying the flags of the country’s provinces. There were fireworks. And Olympian Sylvia Poll was there with the torch to light the games cauldron.

There are nearly 2,800 athletes participating from seven countries.

The event is also a showcase for Johnny Araya, the San José mayor who aspires to the presidency. He wants to demonstrate that he can complete complex jobs.

Thousands attended the opening at the Estadio Nacional, and the valley rail line crews worked overtime to carry the crowd to the event and back home again.

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