Lima, 12 November - Legacy is one of the most important aspects in the organization of mega-sports events and it even becomes the main motivation for hosting competitions like the Pan American and Parapan American Games. With that in mind, Lima 2019 formally sent a proposal to the Ministry of Education recommending the creation of a public entity to manage the legacy.

The initiative seeks to make infrastructure sustainable in time to serve elite competitions and the popularization of sports, but also to enhance the legacy in a comprehensive manner, promoting the possibility of socio-educational transformations and urban regeneration in order to generate a long term impact on sports, society and Lima.

The creation of this entity includes an efficient governance model to temporarily manage the legacy, four sports venues (VIDENA, Villa María del Triunfo, Villa El Salvador and Punta Rocas) and a non-sports precinct (the Pan American Village), as well as the supervision of five precincts, like the Las Palmas Shooting Range or the Army Equestrian Center, which will be managed by their owners.

The following items will be included as part of the transfer from the Special Project to the Legacy Entity: management plans prepared for the sports venues under its supervision; legacy management guidelines for the venues that will remain under their owners’ management but will be supervised and monitored by the entity; the Urban Master Plan to aid in the sustainable and planned urban development of the Pan American Village and its 45 hectares; and the transfer of knowledge website.

The proposed entity would have a department in charge of venue management, support and maintenance, as well as a department responsible for the Pan American Village and urban integration. Urban integration work will be very important, as the goal is to coordinate with the municipalities and other national government bodies in order to integrate the venues into the community and turn them into to hubs of social development.


In the case of the Pan American Village, which has 1096 apartments, an Urban Master Plan for the 45 hectares of the plot is underway to develop a new urban center in Lima Sur, focusing on education, innovation, sports and culture. In this regard, international experience shows that urban regeneration processes are one of the most sought-after and successful elements of legacy after events of the importance of the Pan American and Parapan American Games.

After having housed over 11 thousand people, between athletes, para athletes and officials (coaches, managers, assistants, physicians and administrative personnel), the Village is being conditioned for housing.



Within the framework of Gustavo San Martín being announced as the new president of the Peruvian Institute of Sport (IPD), the minister of Education, Flor Pablo, confirmed the creation of a Management Unit affiliated to the Ministry of Education that will be in charge of the legacy left by Lima 2019. The initial announcement had already been made by the president of the Council of Ministers during the presentation of the 2021 Government Plan. 

The minister pointed out that this unit would be assigned to her Ministry and the idea is that it will later be managed by the IPD, after it is reorganized under the leadership of Gustavo San Martín, who assumed the position after being in charge of the Sports Functional Area at Lima 2019.

The Special Project has sent a policy proposal for the creation of the Legacy Entity to the Ministry of Education. The proposal suggests a duration of six years and is based on the legacy planning that the PEJP has been carrying out.

The proposal to create an entity seeks not only to ensure that the infrastructure is maintained over time, but also to strengthen the legacy in a cross-sectional way, boosting socio-educational transformations and urban regeneration in the city and in society. The proposed Legacy Entity includes the management of the main sports precincts, as well as the implementation of an Urban Master Plan for the Pan American Village.



During his first performance at the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships, Rosbil Guillén (alongside his guide, Ferdinand Cereceda) obtained a qualifying mark for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a time of 4m19s0c in the second semifinal of the 1500-meter T11 race (Para athletes with visual impairment who run with guides).

With this mark, the prominent Para athlete placed fifth in the race, beat his personal record (4m23s88cs at Lima 2019) and surpassed—by 13 centiseconds—the established minimum mark to make it onto the ranking of Para athletes who will split the tickets for the Paralympics.

Now, the Lima 2019 Games gold-medal winner in 1500 meters must wait for his final ranking to confirm his quota for next year’s Paralympic Games.

From Lima, the president of ANPPERÚ, Lucha Villar, congratulated the Peruvian Para athlete for his success. “Rosbil is running very well. Let’s hope that by the end of the process he can be in Tokyo. For now, we hope he can recover, rest and be ready in a week to run the 5000 meters,” she said. During his second appearance in this competition, Guillén will compete in the 5000-meter race next Thursday 14, starting at 01:00 (Peruvian time).

INFORMATION: National Paralympic Association of Peru (ANPPeru)

PHOTO: Fundación Agitos.



Thanks to his great performance in the Lima 2019 Sixth Parapan American Games, Jaime Regalado, goalkeeper of the Peruvian football-7-a-side team, traveled to Spain to be a part of the Levante Club. This marks a milestone for Peru as he is the first Peruvian Para athlete to play for a foreign team.

“Lima 2019 helped us gain experience,” said Jaime Regalado, starting goalkeeper of the Peruvian football-7-a-side team (for athletes with cerebral palsy), who is now taking on a new challenge in his sports career. This is the first time a Peruvian player of this classification signs for an international team.

The president of ANPPERÚ, Lucha Villar, wished Jaime Regalado the utmost success. “He’s a very talented young man who, today, also becomes the ambassador of the Peruvian Para sports movement. We are very proud of him becoming the first Peruvian athlete to play abroad and, who knows, he may be opening the door so that more Peruvian athletes can do the same in the future,” said the head of the National Paralympic Association of Peru.

Jaime Regalado was able to show his skills during the Parapan American Games by being one of the pillars of the Peruvian team that competed at the Villa María del Triunfo Sports Center.

Information: National Paralympic Association of Peru.



Carlos Neuhaus Tudela, president of the Lima 2019 Organizing Committee, received a new recognition and was named the “Peruvian Entrepreneur of the Year” during the World Entrepreneurship Week.

The ceremony was held at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, who organized the event alongside the Peruvian British Chamber of Commerce. Here, Neuhaus was recognized for his amazing work as leader of the greatest Games in the history of the continent, which took place recently in Peru.

Neuhaus received the award from Raúl Diez Canseco, president of the president of the San Ignacio de Loyola Educational Corporation; Colin Gray, consul general of the British Embassy in Peru; Daniel Diez Canseco, vice president of Entrepreneurship of this university; and Enrique Anderson, president of the Peruvian British Chamber of Commerce.

This was the tenth edition of World Entrepreneurship Week, at which the main leaders were recognized, among who was Carlos Neuhaus, who received the main award of the night for his successful work as leader of the Lima 2019 Games.

“I am moved to receive this type of recognitions, because I feel like we made Peru proud. We ran a race filled with obstacles and we overcame everything for the athletes, who were our primary motivation. I have very nice memories of the more than 2 years and 10 months of intense work. This was possible thanks to the great work team that we had in the organization and the support of over 17 thousand volunteers at the Pan American and Parapan American Games. We held unforgettable ceremonies and our athletes beat historic records, winning 54 medals in both Games,” said a moved Carlos Neuhaus.

Meanwhile, Raúl Diez Canseco stated that Neuhaus’ recognition was well-deserved because he proved that in Peru things can be achieved. “Peru stood up for the Games. We were an organized country and without any problems during the days that our attention was on the competitions. Carlos Neuhaus is an entrepreneur and that is why he is being recognized,” assured Diez Canseco.

Lima 2019 Pan American Games medal winners Andrea Almarza and Sol Romaní, who won bronze in team Kata (karate), and Kevin Martínez, who won gold in Peruvian fronton, were also recognized during this ceremony as Sports Ambassadors.




In honor of their contribution to the successful recruitment and selection of the volunteers who became the heart of the Pan American and Parapan American Games, Lima 2019 held a recognition ceremony for strategic partners of the Volunteer Program.

The Lima 2019 Volunteer Program was a unique and unprecedented experience for Peru that managed to recruit over 100 thousand people from around the world who showed interest to be a part of the most successful Games in the history of the continent.

The ceremony took place at the Athletics Stadium and various schools and education institutions were a part of the process. Carlos Neuhaus, president of Lima 2019, was in charge of awarding and thanking the main universities, institutions and various organizations for their support in the recruitment and selection of Peruvian volunteers.

“We’re very thankful for your cooperation. The volunteers became the soul of the Games. It would have been difficult without them. We had over 100,000 people interested in the program. They helped us in different departments, always with a smile on their face. It was amazing, because they were always ready to help,” stated Carlos Neuhaus during the ceremony.

The head of the Volunteer Program, Ángela Morales, highlighted the support of institutions to achieve the success of the Games. “This was a national celebration because we were able to include actors from the entire country. We managed to be the most successful Volunteer Program in history. We left a social legacy because we trained volunteers that can add to any campaign,” she said.


As part of the campaign to recruit volunteers, around 400 visits were made to municipalities, universities, institutes, schools, federations, public institutions and private companies from the main cities of Peru.

These organizations became strategic partners in recruiting thousands of volunteers. A total of 45 agreements were signed with the main universities and institutions at a national level, like the University of San Marcos, Peruvian University of Applied Sciences, Universidad César Vallejo, Universidad Tecnológica del Perú, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, among others.

All these institutions were recognized, as well as others like Universidad Alas Peruanas, Bausate y Mesa, Universidad del Callao, Nacional de Cañete, Autónoma, Universidad Federico Villarreal, José Faustino Sánchez Carrión de Huacho, Científica del Sur, Peruana Unión, Universidad Privada del Norte, Nacional de Cajamarca, UNIFÉ, Cordon Blue, Instituto San Ignacio de Loyola, Frida Holler, Cenfotur and INTECI.


As part of the social legacy, a total of 28,089 people were trained. Approximately 51% of them were trained in the district of Lima. Of the total trainees, 61% were women. Of the total trainees, 13% were considered volunteer leaders. Additionally, 267 people with an impairment were trained in this process.

Training sessions were held in 15 locations around the country: Metropolitan Lima, Huacho, Cañete, Callao, Chiclayo, Trujillo, Cajamarca, Huancayo, Tacna, Arequipa, Cusco, Tarapoto, Ica, Paracas and Pisco, with the technical support of the United Nations. People aged 16 to 18 participated in this process.

A total of 1812 foreigners were interviewed to be volunteers. Among the foreign applicants interviewed, 34% were from Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico.

AT LIMA 2019

Lima 2019 stood out for their kindness, joy, proactivity and teamwork. They were recognized by Panam Sports, APC, athletes, Para athletes and the general public.

Pan American and Parapan American Games volunteers participated in the accreditation, departures and arrivals, transportation, medical and veterinary services, anti-doping, spectator services, press operations, protocol, award ceremonies, sports, technology, uniforms, workforce, venue management, Village services, accommodation, culture, ceremonies, committee services and language services departments.

For participating in the Lima 2019 Games, volunteers received uniforms, accreditation, food, transportation, accident insurance, a national and international network of contacts and special limited edition gifts, as well as the opportunity to live a unique experience.


11,311 volunteers participated in the Pan American Games; 114 of them had a type of impairment. 61% of volunteers were women. 

376 minors participated in the Games. There were 8669 people between the ages of 18 and 30, and 2266 were over 31. 

Most of the volunteers were from Lima: 9402; from outside the capital: 1395; and from abroad: 514.

A total of 5555 volunteers participated in the Parapan American; 4,846 were from Lima; 607 were from outside of Lima; 102 were from abroad. In addition, 79 people with an impairment were volunteers during the Games.


Lima 2019 leaves a social legacy related to the volunteer service in the country and to the creation of a volunteer culture for current and new generations.

Sixty percent of first-time trainees ended up being volunteers.

Lima 2019 volunteers are part of a community that is well-informed, trained and has experience at a national level who are ready to continue serving their country.

The Lima 2019 volunteers became ambassadors of our culture and traditions, with a sense of citizenship and diversity, as well as a greater proximity to sports, to achieve development.




One of the main benefits that the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games left Peru is the legacy that will impact education, sports and society.

This subject was precisely the subject of a discussion group organized by the Sports Rights study center of the Universidad San Martín de Porres. Carlos Neuhaus, president of the Organizing Committee, was invited to give a presentation on the legacy that Lima 2019 is leaving the country.

in front of an audience filled with sports leaders, officials and university students, Neuhaus highlighted the world-class sports infrastructure that was built and remodeled for the continent’s most important multi-sports celebration.

He reiterated that the main motivation to organize the Pan American and Parapan American Games was the athletes, who now have can prepare and compete internationally in the best conditions.

The president of Lima 2019 pointed out that the social legacy is possible thanks to investing in sports, will help keep many young people away from vices.

He announced that Lima 2019’s urban legacy includes the Pan American Village expansion project, with more buildings, spaces to play sports and schools.

Likewise, he added that among other Lima 2019 legacies are the Volunteering Program, the purchase of goods through Compras MYPErú and the urban improvements executed thanks to the Games.


Meanwhile, Natalia Rey de Castro, head of Lima 2019 Legacy, assured that the legacy is cross-sectional, enabling socio-educational, sporting and urban changes. Sports infrastructure, which is part of the Games’ legacy, will enable the popularization of sports and elite competition in the long term.

In this regard, she said that they have been working on a legacy governance proposal, as well as operational and management plans, that will deal with the issue of specialized management for sport stages which is necessary considering that the infrastructure is world-class.

Karin Sierralta, Lima 2019 consultant; Saúl Barrera and Óscar Fernández, former presidents of the Peruvian Institute of Sport; and, Jorge Canales, the president of the university, also participated in the discussion group. Additionally, among the main attendees were federation presidents like Jenny Martínez from gymnastics, Eduardo Tabbini from swimming, Gustavo Cárdenas from athletics, Gustavo Mattus from cycling and Juan Carlos Yuzuriha from bowling.



Sports competitions are still going strong and even more so with the first-rate infrastructure that is now available thanks to the Lima 2019 Games, event that recently took place in our country and that was considered as the best Games in the history of our continent.

VIDENA is one of these venues, where the table tennis pre-Olympic tournament will take place starting on October 25, with the best teams of the Americas fighting for a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The opening ceremony will start at 10:00 and matches will be held during the afternoon, from Friday 25 to Sunday 27.

As a qualifying event, this will be the first major tournament, after the end of the Pan American and Parapan American Games, that will be hosted in Sports Center 3 of VIDENA, built for the Lima 2019 Games.

This international tournament will gather Americas’ most prominent athletes: Hugo Calderano from Brazil and Adriana Diaz from Puerto Rico, gold medalists at the Pan American Games who qualified individually to Tokyo 2020.

In addition, Brazilians Vitor Ishiy, Pan American champion in Asunción 2019, and Bruna Takahashi bronze medalist in singles and in doubles with Jessica Yamada, silver medalist in mixed doubles with Gustavo Tsuboi and silver medalist in teams with Caroline Kumahara and Jessica Yamada at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, will participate in the tournament. Chile, Argentina and Peru will also take part.

Therefore, a high-level competition will be contested at VIDENA, the largest Lima 2019 venue.


Meanwhile, in Callao, the Girls’ U16 South American Volleyball Championship will begin on Wednesday 23, at the magnificent Callao Sports Center. The competition will take place until Sunday, October 27.

Peru’s junior team, coached by Gina Torrealva, will face Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay and Chile. Peru debuts today against Paraguay at 17:00 on the main stage of Callao Sports Center.


Another venue living a sport-filled weekend will be Villa María del Triunfo Sports Center, main stage of the Lima 2019 team sports. This Sunday, October 27. and Sunday, November 17, the “Women’s Rugby Super Cup” will be held, with the reopening of the rugby stadium, stage of the Pan American and Parapan American Games. This tournament will be divided into two categories: experienced players and amateur players, as stated by the Peruvian Rugby Federation.

At the same time, the semifinals of the closing event of the Men’s Metropolitan Rugby Tournament will take place in the same stadium, which has two fields, starting at 09:00. It will be a full day of rugby.

At the same time, and at the same Lima Sur venue, the National Hockey Championship will continue to be contested by the best national clubs. Meanwhile, at the baseball stadium, national league will be played. With all this activity, the Villa María del Triunfo Sports Center will witness lots of competitions in its different stages, specially built to host the Pan American and Parapan American Games. It is now an important center for sport development. Admission is free at the Villa María del Triunfo Sports Center.



The Pan American and Parapan American Games organization will participate this Friday, October 25, in the Panel on Lima 2019’s Legacy. The event is organized by the Centro de Estudios en Derecho del Deporte of the Universidad San Martin de Porres law school.

The event will start at 12:00 in the Focum Culturae auditorium of university’s law school, in La Molina. The president of the Lima 2019 Games Organizing Committee, Carlos Neuhaus, will participate in the meeting and share his experience leading the work group responsible for the most important multi-sports event of the Americas.

Those who wish to attend the Lima 2019 Panel “The Legacy” can register at the following link and access the auditorium on a first-come, first-served basis:

Ernesto Álvarez, dean of the law school, will also attend the event and will be in charge of opening the panel and introducing Carlos Neuhaus, who will then talk about the legacy that Lima 2019 is leaving for Peru. Natalia Rey de Castro, head of the Legacy of Lima 2019; Karin Sierralta, Lima 2019 advisor; and former presidents of the Peruvian Institute of Sport, Saúl Barrera and Óscar Fernández, will also participate in the event.



The boccia delegation received the most votes, thanks to their performance at the Parapan American Games.

Argentina’s boccia team was chosen as the best team of the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games, after placing first in the BC1/BC2 class, in the competition that took place at the Villa El Salvador Sports Center.

The winners were decided by popular vote on the official website of the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC), where the Argentinian team received 51.57% of the votes, followed by the men’s goalball team with 44.81%, who were also a Lima 2019 champion.

The Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team and US men’s wheelchair basketball team were also nominated for this award.

Argentina won the boccia championship by defeating Mexico 12-0 and Brazil 8-1 in exciting matches that were held in the Villa El Salvador Sports Center, specially built for the Pan American and Parapan American Games.

The APC decided to separate the Americas Athlete of the Month award into three different categories: Best Female Athlete, Best Male Athlete and Best Team, based on results obtained at Lima 2019.

Thus, Colombian Sara Vargas (Para swimming) was named Lima 2019 Best Female Athlete while Herbert Aceituno (Para powerlifting) was selected as Best Male Athlete.

The 2019 Americas Athlete of the Month winners are:

• January – Johanna Sossa and Johana Martínez, Colombia, wheelchair tennis

• February– Rebeca Valenzuela Álvarez, Mexico, Para athletics

• March – Matías Pino, Chile, Para table tennis

• April – Daniel Martins, Brazil, Para athletics

• May – Sherman Güity, Costa Rica, Para athletics

• June – Luis Flores, Chile, Para table tennis

• July – Juan Carlos Garrido, Chile, Para powerlifting

• August (Lima 2019 Best Female Athlete) – Sara Vargas, Colombia, Para swimming

• August (Lima 2019 Best Male Athlete) – Herbert Aceituno, El Salvador, Para powerlifting

• August (Lima 2019 Best Team) – Argentinian boccia team