Panam Sports President Neven Ilic was pleasantly surprised by Lima 2019 Games’ construction site progress.Panam Sports highest authority visited and confirmed construction site progress at the Videna, Villa Maria del Triunfo Sports Center and the Athletes’ Village in Villa el Salvador.“Peru will be left with a beautiful sports legacy, Lima will have fir...
Panam Sports President Neven Ilic was pleasantly surprised by Lima 2019 Games’ construction site progress.
Panam Sports highest authority visited and confirmed construction site progress at the Videna, Villa Maria del Triunfo Sports Center and the Athletes’ Village in Villa el Salvador.
“Peru will be left with a beautiful sports legacy, Lima will have first class Pan American Games," Ilic said.
The Pan American Games will be held from July 26 to August 11, 2019 and will feature 41 countries, close to 7 thousand athletes, that will compete in 39 sports and 62 disciplines.
Panam Sports President Neven Ilic, together with Pan American and Parapan American Games Organizing Committee Head Carlos Neuhaus, visited and confirmed construction site progress at the Sports Center in the National Sports Village (Videna) in San Luis and the Andres Avelino Cáceres Sports Center in Villa Maria del Triunfo, as well as the Athletes’ Village in Villa El Salvador.
Ilic and Neuhaus were accompanied by Lima 2019 Operations Manager Carlos Manuel Lazarte; Panam Sports Secretary General Ivar Sisniega; and members of the visiting delegation, Mario Cilenti and Fabio Ramírez.
The first visit was to the Videna where they are working double shifts and intensifying work at the Velodrome, then Athletic Stadium with its warm-up field, the Bowling zone and the Aquatics Center, complemented by the quick construction progress in Sports Centre 3.
The president of Panam Sports said that he was positively impressed, not only due to construction progress, but also due to the quality of the sports infrastructure that is being built in the capital of Peru.
“I believe that Peru, and particularly Lima, will be left with a wonderful legacy where the challenge is to use it and activate sports in all its areas. As far as I could see during my visit, I leave with the certainty that, regarding infrastructure, Lima will have first class Pan American Games,” said the head of Panam Sports.
Neven, who was also able to see the work being done at Videna through the virtual reality center, was pleasantly surprised and did not hesitate to affirm that facilities the sports Cluster’s facilities will be top-notch.
“When construction at Videna finishes, you will have Olympic-level facilities,” he said, clearly touched.
The directors of the maximum sports governing body in the Americas were surprised by the fast execution and quality of infrastructures which will leave an important sports legacy for the country, ensuring successful Pan American Games.
After visiting Videna, the Panam Sports and Lima 2019 delegations visited the Andrés Avelino Cáceres Sports Center in Villa María del Triunfo, where the roof was installed in the first floor of the softball field. Columns are being built in hockey and rugby areas so that the roof can be installed in the next 10 days. This will enable the construction of grandstands to begin.
At the same time, the preparation of containment walls, placement of geogrids and the implementation of piles are in progress.
When asked about his perception on the construction progress, Ilic said: “From the last Panam Sports’ visit, the change and speed related to the construction is notable. We saw the main competition venues and the Athletes’ Village and I have no doubt that they will be top-level constructions".
Ilic also supervised construction progress at the Athletes’ Village and the 1000 (of 1096) apartments built in seven towers and took the opportunity to emphasize the work of the Lima 2019 Organizing Committee under the responsibility of Carlos Neuhaus: “The work they do is very good. Pressure must not be lowered. We are almost a year away from the Games and everything that was planned is being done. I am satisfied with that.”
About the sports legacy that the Pan American Games will leave behind for the population of Lima and Peru, Neven Ilic said: “the legacy left behind by the Pan American Games will mark a before and an after about the country’s sports development, at all stages. So, Panam Sports, through Lima 2019, will bring a positive change for the entire society.
ABOUT THE PAN AMERICAN GAMES AND PARAPAN AMERICAN GAMES
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games will welcome the 41 National Olympic Committees that comprise Panam Sports (formerly known as Pan American Sports Organization - PASO) and will gather 6664 athletes taking part in 39 sports and 62 disciplines, between July 26 and August 11.
Likewise, the Parapan American Games, will gather 1890 athletes who will compete in 17 sports and 18 disciplines, between August 23 and September 1.
Lima 2019 will be a qualifying event for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games which guarantees the presence of the main figures of sports disciplines.
The Pan American Games are the biggest international multidisciplinary sporting event involving Athletes from the Americas. The competition is held among athletes from countries of the Americas every four years, one year before the Olympic Games.
Since 2007, the city chosen as host of the Pan American Games also organizes the Parapan American Games for athletes with impairments. The Parapan American Games are held immediately after finished their respective Pan American Games.
Panam Sports (formerly known as Pan American Sports Organization - PASO) is the governing body of the Pan American Games, whose structure and actions are defined by the Olympic Charter.
The movement of the Pan American Games is comprised by the National Olympic Committees recognized by Panam Sports and the Pan American Games organizing committees.
ABOUT PANAM SPORTS
Panam Sports is the leader of sports and Olympic Movement in the Americas. Panam Sports encourages the sports development and supports the work of the 41 National Olympic Committees members of the organization in order to inspire more world-class performances and the next generation of athletes across our region. Panam Sports works closely with athletes, National Olympic Committees (NOC), Organizing Committees of all regional Games, Pan American Sports Confederations, International Federations (IFs) and the International Olympic Committee to ensure the success of their main event: the Pan American Games.
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