The Pan American Games program started with 19 sports in the 1951 edition, and in 2003 in Santo Domingo it featured 35 sports. But how the events that will be held in the RIO 2007 competitions were defined? The main source for any edition of the Pan American Games is the program of the next Olympic Games. Therefore, the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007 will forcefully contain the 28 sports of the 2008 Beijing Games, in China :
. Aquatics (Diving, Open Water, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming and Water Polo)
. Canoe / Kayak
. Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline)
. Modern Pentathlon
. Table Tennis
. Volleyball (Beach and Indoor)
Futsal, a discipline that is not part of the current Olympic Games program, has been included in the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007. The admission, a request from the Organizing Committee of the RIO 2007 (CO-RIO), was approved by PASO's Executive Committee in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, right before the opening of the 2003 Pan American Games, that took place in that city in August, from the 1st through the 17th.
In the XLIII PASO General Assembly, in August, 2005, in Rio de Janeiro, the Organization confirmed Futsal (men´s) and included Bowling, Karate, Skating (Artistic and Speed), Squash and Water Skiing in the program of the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007.