THE EVOLUTION OF SPORTS IN THE AMERICAS ON FULL DISPLAY AT PANAMA’S HISTORIC SPORTS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
For the first time in history, Santiago, Chile welcomed the leaders of the Olympic Movement of the Americas to the LX General Assembly of Panam Sports from August 31 to September 1.
Updates from the host cities of the next two Pan American Games, the establishment of a pilot eSports championship in Santiago 2023, the election of American representatives to the ANOC Executive Committee and the opening of the bid process for the 2025 Junior Pan American Games highlighted the successful annual gathering.
SANTIAGO, CHILE (September 1, 2022) — The 41 countries and thousands of athletes of the Pan American family are advancing rapidly thanks to the impressive commitments of Panam Sports and regional sports organizations to provide greater development opportunities.
The Panama sports channel was the perfect vessel to showcase this growth across the continent, featuring regional games, continental championships and other important events such as the LX Panam Sports General Assembly, which ended today in the Chilean capital of Santiago.
The annual meeting of the leaders of the Olympic movement of the Americas showcased this tremendous progress seen across the continent, which greatly benefits America’s flagship event, the Pan American Games.
As the host city of the 2023 Pan American Games, Santiago welcomed delegations from the Americas and presented their plans for what will undoubtedly be a historic Games for both Chile and Panamanian sports, led by the Chilean Minister of Sports and President of Santiago 2023 Alexandra Benado and Executive Director Gianna Kunazza. Important infrastructure, such as sports venues and the Pan American Village, is progressing on time, with the opening ceremony just over a year away.
Panam Sports also confirmed the innovative partnership with the Global Esports Federation and the innovative inclusion of the Pan American Esports Championships, which will be held in tandem with the Pan American Games Santiago 2023. Read more about this important initiative here.
The 20th edition of the Pan Am Games will then be celebrated in Barranquilla, Colombia in 2027. Barranquilla Mayor Jaime Pumarejo and Colombian Minister of Sports Maria Isabel Urrutia led the presentations in Santiago and confirmed the full support of the national government for the most important multisport on the mainland event.
After the incredible success of the first Junior Pan American Games Cali 2021 in Colombia, Panam Sports received great interest to host the second edition of these games to be held in 2025. Panam Sports President Neven Ilić officially opened the application process during General Assembly, giving potential host cities until September 9 to submit their letters of intent to host the games. Panam Sports will then send an application guide to each city stating their intent to host, which must be completed and returned to Panam Sports by September 30, 2022.
The first Junior Pan American Games was not the only event to increase development opportunities for athletes and host countries across the region. The regional organizations of ODESUR, Centro Caribe Sports, CANOC, ODEBO and ORDECA have done tremendous work to modernize their organizations and host world-class events. Panam Sports would like to especially commend CANOC and its President Brian Lewis for the great success of the first ever Caribbean Games held in Guadeloupe and broadcast live on the Panam Sports Channel.
The assembly concluded with the election of three new representatives to the Executive Committee of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). After one round and a full vote of the 41 members of the assembly, Camilo Pérez (PAR), Tricia Smith (CAN) and Sara Rosario (PUR) received a simple majority and will represent the continent in the world body for the next four years.
“The truth is that I am very happy with the realization for the first time in the history of the General Assembly of Panam Sports in my country, Chile. I want to thank all the National Olympic Committees, Pan American Confederations, International Federations and the International Olympic Committee for their presence and support for the development of sports in America. At the same time, I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the three members who were democratically elected in ANOC, as well as the organizing committees of Santiago 2023 and Barranquilla 2027 for the great work they are doing to host the next Pan American Games, “said Panam Sports President Neven Ilyich.
The next Panam Sports General Assembly will again be held in Chile before the Pan American Games in Santiago 2023.