PASO Determining Potential of New Events

(ATR) PASO leaders are meeting in Miami to review the potential of hosting more events.

(ATR) Leaders of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) are meeting in Miami, Florida today to review the potential of the organization to host more events.

The meeting is the first of the PASO New Events Commission that was established at PASO’s workshop at the heels of the ANOC General Assembly in Washington, D.C. last October.

The commission is lead by PASO vice president Ivar Sisniega who is joined in Miami by Keith Joseph, Jimena Saldaña, Alphonso Bridgewater, Eduardo Palomo, Neven Ilic and Mario Cilenti.

Sisniega tells Around the Rings the commission is considering the addition of a number of new events to its calendar.

"At our workshop in Washington we discussed the Pan American Youth Games, the Pan American Sports Festival (with qualifying events for Lima 2019) and the Pan American Beach Games," he says.

Following the all-day meeting in Miami, the New Events Commission will present its decisions to the PASO executive board at the extraordinary general assembly in Brasilia on May 4. The extraordinary general assembly will also determine whether the revised statutes of PASO’s constitution will be approved by its members.

Sisniega tells ATR the New Events Commission will not discuss the revisions at the meeting in Miami.

"Those will be discussed at the EB meeting but more importantly at the Extraordinary General Assembly in Brasilia where the NOCs will determine what PASO’s new statutes will be," he says.

Proposed revisions to the constitution include the introduction of term limits for executives, the number of votes per country and the introduction of recent experience requirements to be an executive of PASO. After the revisions are passed the organization can move forward with electing a new president with a vote likely to come after the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics conclude.

Written by Kevin Nutley

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