Author: Lima 2019 press release Lima, 13 August 2019


As part of this ceremony, Janet Mallqui, Abel Herrera, Ronald Valverde and Angello Hurtado from Callao, were honored. The medal-winner Thalía Mallqui also received a special recognition.

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The President of the Lima 2019 Organizing Committee (COPAL), Carlos Neuhaus, and the President of Panam Sports, Neven Ilic, received from the Bellavista mayor Daniel Malpartida Filio the “Key to the City” for their remarkable contribution to the development of sports as a platform for social transformation.

In this ceremony, Carlos Neuhaus highlighted: “my work is for all athletes, who have competed against the best athletes of the Americas. They have left a mark that will allow them to continue improving and set a new record in the Pan American medal table.”

He also said that all Peruvian athletes that have represented us should help to change the approach to trust in a multi-sports culture with Olympic values that will serve as a guide for future generations.

“They should become new role models as a response to the lack of role heroes. We need the emergence of athletes, who claim Olympic values, to build a better Peru,” he emphasized.

Neven Ilic stated that Peru’s sports achievements are part of a joint commitment of all the Peruvian society as a whole. “It’s part of the teamwork led by Carlos Neuhaus. It was possible thanks to people that cheered on all athletes in the streets and turned this event into a celebration, supporting them unconditionally,” he said.

As part of this ceremony, athletes who participated in Lima 2019: Abel Herrera, Janet Mallqui, Ronald Valverde and Angello Hurtado from Callao, were honored.  Thalía Mallqui, who reached the 11th bronze medal for Peru in the 50 kg category of women’s freestyle wrestling, also received special recognition.

In this way, one day after the Lima 2019 Pan American Games Closing Ceremony, Peruvian sport is strengthened as a key that will allow better opportunities for society, through the Olympic values, building citizens committed to the development of their country.

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