Lima, Peru; 20 November 2018: Lima 2019 Coordination Commission (CoCom) Chair Keith Joseph has praised the "world standard" quality of sports infrastructure under construction for the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games.
Speaking during a recent CoCom working visit to Lima, Joseph, who is also a Panam Sports Vice President, said that the facilities Lima 2019 is preparing for the Games will transform the sports landscape in Peru:
"We believe that the infrastructure that is being built will be of a world standard. The velodrome, for example, will allow the country to host important events in the future, like the Pan-American cycling championships. [Lima’s swimming] pool will be the most modern."
Joseph also discussed the social and socioeconomic impacts the Games will have on Peru and its citizens:
"I think it’s amazing how sport brings people together. It’s important to sensitize people about the important value that sports bring. Therefore, the interactions and exchange of cultural experiences with the people of the 41 countries that will come here, some of whom will come with their families, is something that is always valuable.
"And I also believe that it will stimulate the interest among the Peruvian population towards sports in terms of general welfare. I believe that the changes that are being made in traffic can also have a lasting impact. And, in general, if things go well, Lima 2019 will have enormous socioeconomic benefits, such as tourism."
I think the city of Lima is one of the best kept secrets in the world, so the more people come and experience here, the better. That will be one of the most lasting legacies."
Joseph, together with Panam Sports Secretary General Ivar Sisniega and Lima 2019 President Carlos Neuhaus met with the new mayor of Lima, Jorge Muñoz, during the working visit.
"One of the first and most important aspects of the meeting was the demonstration of the mayor's unflinching support for the Games, and his total commitment to make them a success," said Joseph.
"At the meeting, we concluded that the success of the Games was mutually beneficial. For Panam Sports, these Games are really important because we have a new President (Neven Ilic) and we are engaged in a brand change exercise. Therefore, the success of the Games is particularly important for us, as they are for Mr Muñoz, because as a new mayor it can enhance his image and facilitate the bringing together of the several communities that make up hismayoral district," Joseph added.
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games will see approximately 6,700 athletes from 41 countries compete in 39 sports and 62 disciplines. The Games will take place between 26 July and 11 August 2019.
The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games will see 1,890 athletes compete in 17 sports and 18 disciplines between 23 August and 01 September 2019.
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