(ATR) The Pan American Sports Organization is gathered to determine the future direction of the continental association for a two-day general assembly in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach opened the assembly with an update on the Olympic Movement and the challenges it currently faces. Bach detailed the complications behind the Olympic legacy in Rio de Janeirowhile also explaining the need to revamp the bidding procedures for the next Summer and Winter Olympics.
Delegates of the 41 National Olympic Committees in attendance will also hear reports from organizers of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games and Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
The main event of the assembly is the election of PASO's next president on Wednesday, April 26. What was once a five-man race has been reduced to three with no clear indication of a frontrunner or consensus candidate. Brazilian Olympic Committee president Carlos Nuzman, Chilean Olympic Committee president Neven Ilic and Dominican Republic honorary life president Jose Puello each believe they are the right candidate to lead PASO into the future.
Click here to view photos from the beginning of the assembly. Around the Rings will remain on the scene in Punta del Este providing news coverage until the close of the assembly.
Written by Kevin Nutley
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