The Junior Pan American Games were inaugurated in Cali – Olympic Cycle – Sports

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There was a 75 percent capacity in the stands, 18 thousand tickets were sold. Colombia was the last delegation to parade across the stage, to the rhythm of cumbia and shouts of “Colombia”, “Colombia”.

The athlete Valeria Cabezas was the standard bearer along with the weightlifter Arley Bonilla.

Junior Pan American Games

Artistic presentation at the Pan American Games.


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Chosen on March 27, 2019 to organize the first edition of the Junior Pan American Games, Cali surpassed the candidacies of Monterrey (Mexico) and Santa Ana (El Salvador).

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Since then, this metropolis of 2.5 million inhabitants not only had to race against the clock to finish the scenarios, but also endure five months of uncertainty due to the postponement of the event as a result of the covid-19 pandemic and then suffer the excesses generated for the social protests of May this year.

Panam Sports, the Pan-American sports organization chaired by Chilean Neven Ilic, has defined the nascent contest, which will end on December 5, as “a before and after” for new generations.

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Ecuador bets on Lucía Yépez, 20, a fighter who reached eighth place in Tokyo and a brand new world champion in Belgrade. Panama relies on the strokes of swimmer Emily Santos and weightlifter Ronnier Martínez, its flag bearers. Among the Dominicans, Alexánder Ogando, from the mixed 4 × 400 team that won the silver medal in Tokyo, gains strength.

Uruguay sent, among other options to reach the podium, the rower Felipe Klüver, who reached the Olympic final in Tokyo. Guatemala’s big bet is Erick Gordillo, the country’s second best swimmer, while swimmer Celina Márquez and archer Paola Corado are among the Salvadorans’ bets.

The main figure of the Costa Rican delegation, Noelia Vargas, was titled at the Tokyo Olympics as the 21st marcher in the world, the fifth in America and the best in Central America and the Caribbean.


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