Yeah, I'm reading a bunch of big names aren't even attending. Apparently we're only sending our best with Judo, and only because the European Championships Judo have been made part of this event.
Weird location to hold the first event of this.
Yeah this is not uncommon in Pan American games either. The USA never send their best, so you never have a Michael Phelps, for instance... in the 2007 Pan American games that Rio hosted, Brazil won a lot of medals in swimming and the swimmer Thiago Pereira was a sensation. Due to the excitement of hosting the games in the country, a lot of people badly overreacted to those medals thinking they were going to see a repeat in the next Olympics, which never happened of course (Thiago is a good swimmer though, he won a silver medal in London 2012... but in Rio 2007 he got 6 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze
He won further 6 golds in Guadalajara 2011)