The long-anticipated day is finally here as the first edition of the Junior Pan American Games, Cali-Valle 2021, now has its official song titled “Por Nosotros” (“For Us”).

After the months-long process complete with public proposals and a committee chosen to select the finalists, Cali 2021 has a new rhythm and chorus with the youthful flavor of the Pacific befitting the continent’s largest and most important youth sporting festival.

Proposals for the song contest poured in from all corners of Colombia, with 25 original and creative ideas highlighting the Games, the Valle del Cauca, the Pacific region and the values of sport.

For the selection committee, one of the most important values was the chorus of the song. It had to be catchy, short and memorable while also identifying with the young spirit of the Games.

The committee gathered in the Jose Fernando Arroyo auditorium in the National Sports School to make the final decision, and after listening to the finalists, each judge ranked the songs from one to five according to the criteria defined by the contest. Once the totals were added up, the committee recognized “Por Nosotros” by Hendrix Hinestroza as the winner.

“I am speechless, this is a dream I wanted to fulfill, to be chosen as the voice of the Games. The truth is it’s a great honor for me. I want to thank my grandmother, may she rest in peace, because she longed for this, and also to God. I think the truth is that I only have words of gratitude and many thanks to all of the people who have believed in me and who have listened to my songs. I hope to continue being a bearer of peace and love for the youth,” said Hinestroza.

“I just would like to congratulate you, it has been a great process, congratulations to the jury and above all to the participants. Thank you all for being part of this beautiful party. The song has a tremendous rhythm, I’m sure the young people are going to enjoy it.” said, Neven Ilic, the President of Panam Sports.

“I’m very happy for the great participation. We received 25 proposals, all very important from our country. I’d like to thank the participants, and I congratulate the winner Hendrix Hinestroza for his great work. The jury really liked his proposal and I think we agree that it is the work that stood out in this contest,” said Jose Luis Echeverry, Cali 2021 Executive Director, highlighting the quantity and quality of the songs in the contest.

Following the final selection, the song will be professionally recorded and the official music video will be produced.

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