70 YEAR ANNIVERSARY, LIMA 2019, NEW EVENTS AND ELECTION HIGHLIGHT THE SUCCESSFUL PANAM SPORTS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The LVI Panam Sports General Assembly comes to an end in Lima, Peru with a visit from Presidents and Secretaries General to the VIDENA National Sporting Village and the Pan American Village. The feedback is absolutely positive.
The clock strikes midday on September 6th. The doors of the grand Swissotel Salon open and slowly the top sports authorities in the continent begin to exit. They are exhausted after intense but fruitful hours for sport in the Americas.
The Panam Sports Ordinary General Assembly has come to an end. The annual Assembly had finally arrived in Lima, Peru, hosts of the 2019 Pan American Games. The Assembly was preceded by the Panam Sports Executive Committee meeting which prepared the top leaders of the continent for the one and a half days of hard work during the Assembly itself with representatives from all 41 countries of the Panam Sports family.
Reports from the President, Secretary General and Commission Chairmen as well as official presentations from Lima 2019, Santiago 2023 were some of the highlights of the Assembly. A nail-biting election for the three representatives of the ANOC Executive Council was also a top moment of the week.
Among the topics most praised by the delegates and attendees was the rapid initiation of the Organization’s new Strategic Plan, proving that the athletes and the National Olympic Committees are the focus of the work of Panam Sports. The Organization has implemented support programs that have helped hundreds of athletes at world-class training camps and allowed NOCs to achieve the dream of establishing new or improved headquarters as well as new Olympic-level sport facilities.
The new proposals of the Panam Sports Executive Committee to create New Events also received excellent reception in the Assembly. The New Events include Junior Pan American Games, Youth Pan American Games, Pan American Beach Games and the Panam Sports Gala Pan, all of which emphasize reaching new generations as the primary goal. The Organization wants to create more than just one opportunity every four years for Americas’ athletes to compete and grow.
The proposals for the Youth Pan American Games – which would serve as qualifiers to the Youth Olympic Games – already have three interested and potential host countries with Mexico, El Salvador and Colombia and more undoubtedly on the way.
“We are very happy with the outcome of this Assembly. We were able to discuss all topics that we had in the agenda, we heard the presentation of Lima 2019 we have learned all of their extraordinary advances in terms of infrastructure. Also, in a democratic and transparent act, we elected the three ANOC representatives from our continent, we celebrated our 70th Anniversary and truly demonstrated all of the progress we’ve made since our previous Assembly in Prague last November,” said Panam Sports President, Neven Ilic.
Panam Sports is thrilled with the elections of Camilo Perez of Paraguay, Tricia Smith of Canada and Keith Joseph of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as Americas’ newest representatives off the Association of National Olympic Committees by the 41 nations of Panam Sports.
The end of the Assembly was highlighted by presentations from organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. After the conclusion of the Assembly, more than 50 Presidents and Secretaries General of the continent and media representatives saw firsthand the progress being made on the Pan American Village and the VIDENA sports complex, two of the most important venues for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.