Author: Lima 2019 press release Lima, 12 August 2019


The President of Panam Sports assured it was an honor for this institution to host this sports event in Lima.

Neven Ilic

The President of Panam Sports, Neven Ilic, highlighted that “in Lima 2019 we had the greatest Pan American Games in history.”  

“You did everything right. When we started  15 days ago, we dreamed of hosting great Pan American Games, and today I can tell you we made it happen. We had the greatest Pan American Games in history,” stated Ilic during the closing ceremony at the National Stadium. In addition, Neven Ilic awarded gold medals to the athletes of the future.  

In front of an enthusiastic audience that had crowded the grandstands, the Panam Sports President pointed out that these Pan American Games have started a new page in the history of this institution and of sports in the Americas. 

The sports authority insisted that these Games should not be just a celebration lasting 15 days, because now Peru will keep the greatest legacy in history and has the chance to keep growing; there are no obstacles now, as it has great athletes and top-level facilities. “Today we can start writing a new page of a glorious Peru,” he added. 

He pointed out they are leaving Peru with their hearts full of admiration, affection, and gratitude for the way they were treated. Peru opened its doors and made every participant feel like home. He added that it was an honor for Panam Sports to hold the Lima 2019 Pan American Games

He also expressed his gratitude to every person who was part of this project, giving a special acknowledgment to the thousands of volunteers who stole the show. 

“Peruvian athletes were up to the task, and the best fanbase in the world was up to the task too because they filled up the stadiums. Thank you for making this an amazing celebration,” added Ilic.