Author: Lima 2019 press release Lima, 21 August 2019


Staff members toured the Jockey Plaza shopping center.


The beating of drums with Peruvian chants resounded the Jockey Plaza shopping center. The Parapan American Torch has arrived and there was a symbolic route prepared to tour the Jockey Plaza, where it will remain until tomorrow, before starting its route.

The excitement of the Pan American Games remains. People who watched the celebration were thrilled with the rhythm of batucada that sought to encourage people for the symbolic route.

“I’m sure there will be more medals at the Parapan American Games. Para athletes are double heroes because they can overcome barriers that life put in them and even practice a sport,” said Carlos Neuhaus, president of the Lima 2019 Organizing Committee. 

“Parathletes are inspiring for us and we hope for children and young people too. Any effort can be made with perseverance; that’s what we want to transmit through this route,” said Juan José Calle, Jockey Plaza general manager.

This symbolic route was started by Security Manager and Iron Man, Enrique Lambruschini, who gave the post to Marco Ochante, operations supervisor, runner and trail runner.

“It’s fascinating to be part of this; I can’t describe it. These Games have a lot of value and merit because no impairment is an obstacle to get ahead and play sports,” Lambruschini said. “I never thought I’d carry the torch, but it is a great responsibility” Ochante stated.

The route finished with Jaime Cano, prevention agent, who reached the final point in a wheelchair. “Carrying the torch is a unique experience. The lesson it taught me is that effort gives results and that we must all support our Para athletes,” he stressed.

The Parapan American Torch starts its route this Wednesday from the Jockey Plaza at 09:20 along Av. Manuel Olguín to continue along Av. El Derby, Av. El Polo until the intersection with Av. Primavera and continue until the intersection with Av. San Luis in the district of Santiago de Surco.

The Parapan American Games Opening Ceremony will be held this Friday 23, at 19:00, at the National Stadium. “I invite you to buy your tickets to continue participating in our great Peruvian history and be part of an incredible closing. You also must go and see all the competitions because they will be incredible,” concluded Neuhaus.