The VIDENA’s Athletics Stadium will open its doors tomorrow for a preliminary visit: the eight-time Olympic champion and world record holder of 100, 200 and 4x100 relay from Jamaica, Usain Bolt, will tour the facilities of the San Luis venue, rebuilt by Lima 2019 for the Pan American and Parapan American Games, which will start on July 26.
Bolt, who will arrive for the first time in Lima as part of a Puma campaign, will tour part of the facilities and the athletics track where close to 750 athletes will compete, not only for gold medals at the Pan American and Parapan American Games, but also to qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The three-time gold medalist in 100 and 200 meters at the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games and member of the winning relay team at the last two Games, will be welcomed by Lima 2019 Executive Director Carlos Neuhaus, Lima Mayor Jorge Muñoz and Panam Sports Communications Director Alejandro Goycoolea.
The new athletics stadium has capacity for over six thousand spectators and is in its final stage. It will be delivered temporarily to the Peruvian Athletics Federation so that athletes can train for the Pan American Games. This stadium may also be used by athletes who are training for the Parapan American Games, which will take place between August 23 and September 1.
The athletics track passed the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) certification tests and received a Class 1 certification.
ABOUT LIMA 2019
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games will gather 6680 athletes from 41 countries and delegations of the Americas. There will be 17 days of competitions and ceremonies which will take place in 14 districts of Lima and Callao at various venues like VIDENA, Villa María Sports Center, Callao Regional Village, Villa El Salvador Sports Center, Punta Rocas, among others.
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games will include 39 sports and 62 disciplines, in which athletes will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. A total of 23 disciplines are qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 the Olympic Games.
The Parapan American Games will gather 1890 Para athletes from 33 countries, participating in 17 sports and 18 disciplines, 13 of them are qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.