The grand opening ceremony of the first edition of the Junior Pan American Games It took place on the night of this Thursday in the city of Cali where in the next few days athletes from all over the world will compete to reach the top of the podium.
The ceremony lasted about two hours, and had the participation of Colombian artists Hendrix Hinestroza y Cali Flow, whose song “Por Nosotros” is the official theme of this first edition of the games, which was accompanied by the presence of children from Cali who marveled at their dance on stage.
The Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium, which in 1971, Fifty years earlier, he starred in the opening of the VI absolute Pan American Games, it is the stage in which athletes, coaches, assistants and artists will welcome you to these unprecedented Junior Pan American Games.
The torch, which lit the cauldron of the First Junior Pan American Games, entered the stadium in the hands of the athlete of the Sixth Pan American Games in Cali 1971, Jaime Aparicio, who was accompanied by Sebastián Aparicio Estrada, Pedro Grajales, Elsy Rivas, Ana Cecilia Maquilón, Ayda Ortiz, Eucaris Caicedo and Juana Mosquera.
Finally, those in charge of lighting the cauldron of the Pan American fire were the young athletes from Cali Juan Manuel Morales and Valeria Cabezas.
The director of the first Junior Pan American Games, José Luis Echeverry, anticipated this afternoon that “the Games are the event that represents the rebirth of youth, therefore this inauguration becomes the symbol of the passing of the baton that that generation of 71 makes it to young people today so that they are the ones who write history. A story that takes us, 50 years later, to be exactly in the same place where Cali became great. “
Some 3,500 men and women between the ages of 14 and 22 will participate in the Games who will compete, between November 25 and December 5, in 39 disciplines of a contest that will have alternate venues in the neighboring cities of Buga, Yumbo, Calima- Darien, Jamundí and Palmira, as well as in the Caribbean of Barranquilla.
At the ceremony, each of the delegations paraded through Pascual Guerrero with a song alluding to each country, the last to make their appearance was made up of the Colombian athletes who spread the event with joy.
The closing of the ceremony was by part of the musical show of Fanny Lu, Heritage of Timbiquí, Andy Caicedo and Willy García.