Lima 2019 arrived at the Sports center of the Callao Regional Sports Village to promote the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games.
Over 500 students of Colegio Nacional del Callao school gathered in this sports venue and enjoyed the weightlifting and taekwondo demonstrations, as well as the activation of two Para sports: football 5-a-side and wheelchair basketball.
Taekwondo athletes Aittana Moya and Diana Chirinos received the most applause. “I really liked their supportive attitude and I’m sure they’ll be cheering us on during the competitions. Showing them our sport is a challenge because you have to catch their attention so that they will want to participate afterwards. And I think we did it,” said Aittana Moya.
Meanwhile, Diana Chirinos said “it was very exciting to listen to their applause and I hope it’s like that during competitions because that motivates us to win medals.”
The students tried out football 5-a-side and wheelchair basketball. María Fernanda, a ninth-grade student, said “both are difficult, but for me, as a football fan, it feels different.” Giovanni Torres, a 16-year-old student said “it’s a new experience, especially for those who like playing football.”
As we know, the Callao Regional Sports Village will be the venue for various sports disciplines. Boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling and freestyle wrestling will be held in Miguel Grau Coliseum during the Pan American Games, and goalball during the Parapan American Games. Racquetball competitions will be also held there. The Sports Center will house taekwondo and volleyball during the Pan American Games and sitting volleyball and Para taekwondo during the Parapan American Games.
Ross Briceno, Education, Culture and Sports Manager of the Region of Callao stated that “it’s an honor to have a brand-new sports center and a coliseum refurbished specifically for the Lima 2019 competitions. That’s why we need to promote sports, in order to make other disciplines known.”