"Lima 2019 working diligently" says CoComm Chair Keith Joseph on first day of Coordination Commission visit

Lima; 31 January 2018: Lima 2019 Coordination Commission (CoComm) Chair Keith Joseph has praised the impressive progress and diligent work ethic of the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games Organising Committee, following the first day of meetings at the Swissôtel in the Peruvian capital city.

Joseph highlighted that although there were still challenges that needed to be confronted, members of the CoComm "were impressed by the cohesiveness of the leadership team and we are beginning to see a group emerge that is working diligently".

Commenting after the first day of meetings, Joseph added: "There are of course areas that have yet to be covered and that’s the reason we have these meetings. So that we can get updated reports. So that we can see what is actually being done and presented, and we can make corrections that we hope the Organising Committee will take on board. Meanwhile, from the Panam Sports side we will endeavour to ensure that they facilitate our objective which is that the Games are of a particularly high standard."

Chairman of the Lima 2019 Technical Commission Michael Fennell said:

"We had a meeting of the Technical Commission where we looked at a number of issues that were outstanding with the Organising Committee and it was quite clear that some very solid progress has been made.

"However, there is still a long list of details that we have to go through to satisfy ourselves that the standard that we want to meet will be met, and which will turn Lima 2019 into a first-class product.

"There’s a lot of work to be done but everybody is enthusiastic and energised. More people are coming aboard and we have to make sure that they are also included in this mission that we all have to ensure that we have a very successful Games."

Speaking about today’s meetings with the Coordination Commission, Lima 2019 President Carlos Neuhaus said:

"It was a pleasure to welcome back the Lima 2019 Coordination Commission to Peru, where we have completed a very productive first day of meetings.

"The CoComm has a lot of valuable experience to share with my team and we are working together with them in order to create high calibre event, which will live long in the memories of Peruvians and the entire Panam Sports community."

On the second and final day of the visit, the CoComm will be taken on a tour of the Lima 2019 Athletes’ Village and some sports venues including the National Sports Village (VIDENA). The CoComm and Lima 2019 will then reconvene at the Swissôtel in the afternoon where the former will present its conclusions from the visit.

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