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Regional University Games Canceled After Quake in Nicaragua

CSUCA President Telemaco Calavera hands over the torch to student-athlete Sayra Lagua (NCA/judo)
CSUCA President Telemaco Calavera hands over the torch to student-athlete Sayra Lagua (NCA/judo)

The Central American University Sport Games (JUDUCA) in Managua, with an estimated 2,500 athletes have been canceled  due to the red alert issued in Nicaragua after the 6.2 earthquake that shook the country Friday, the Organizing Committee has announced.

The decision was made in adherence to to the alert issued by the Nicaraguan government in order to preserve the well being of the participant delegations, organizing Committee president Ivette Sánchez and the National University Council said.

They added they will see to the organized and safe departure of the delegations, made up of almost two thousand athletes from 20 universities in the region, who were competing in the country since Monday.

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The Games’ closing ceremony was scheduled for today.

The 6.2 earthquake shook the country on Thursday at 17:30 local time and its epicenter was located in the Managua lake, causing electrical and communications failure across the country.

More than 400 aftershocks have been registered so far.

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