Opening date: 28 November 1986
Closing date: 8 December 1986
The third South American Games (already so-called) were originally scheduled to be held in Guayaquil and Quito, Ecuador, but both cities gave to organize the bid for lack of support from the government. Chile took responsibility and organized the competition, from 28 November to 8 December 1986, in Santiago de Chile and the substations of Conception and Viña del Mar. The ten countries that had participated in the previous edition in Rosario, Argentina, were present in Chile. Were disputed 17 different sports and gathered 969 athletes: Athletics, Bolus, boxing, cycling, fencing, underwater sports, football, artistic gymnastics, judo, weightlifting, struggles, rowing, taekwondo, tennis, shooting, archery and sailing. Argentina, once more, was imposed on the conquest of medals, reaching in first position with 80 gold and 169 medals in total. Chile was more medals (176), but I am in second for having awarded only 50 golden. The third place was awarded Uruguay, with 17 gold medals. Football counted with the presence of names that then achieved international renown, as the Argentines Goycoechea and Caniggia, vicecampeones in the World 1990 and the Brazilian Dunga, campéon worldwide in the 94 and vice champion in the 98. Caniggia and Goycoechea fared better in Santiago, by winning the gold medal. Brazil won the bronze medal.