After several meeting performed remotely, Santiago 2023 was finally able to live an on-site work period with the supervising entity of the Santiago 2023 Parapan American Games. In a hotel located in the eastern area of the capital city, the International Paralympic Committee and the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) started a new progress review of the organization of this mega event.
The work day was led by the president of the corporation and Sports Minister, Cecilia Pérez, who pointed out that “today we continue to prove in front of authorities and representatives of the International Paralympic Committee and the Americas Paralympic Committee that the commitment that we have with the Parapan American Games is real, nor just words said out loud, it is a fact”.
She also added that “we have said from the beginning that we want to even the playfield, giving real opportunities to both our conventional athletes as well as the Paralympic athletes, because it is in our hearts and we are proving that words are becoming facts, placing sports as a priority in these hard times Chile and the world are going through”.
In the board meeting, the IPC’s Head of Project, Jürgen Padberg, was also present and stated after the first work day that “legacy is one of the most important elements of Games as large as these ones, and to place here the Paralympic Training Centre for future athletes generations is priceless, it will give the youth of Santiago and all of Chile the opportunity to connect to the world through sport. Everyone that dreams of becoming an athlete and representing their country will have an operations centre, and with time people will place great value in it”.
From the executive team of the Organizing Committee, the CEO of the Games, Felipe de Pablo, also commented that he “was a witness of the support and guidance that IPC executives – and today the growing America Paralympic Committee - give us in the day-to-day work with the collaborators in the corporation. That is immensely valuable because one of the dimensions of legacy that we want to place with Santiago 2023, is to train sports executives that add their experience and values to the future challenges Chile may face, promoted by the Paralympians”.
The day’s work of the Commission continued with a visit to the works in the National Stadium Sports Park, along with the Operations and Infrastructure areas. In the meantime, the work groups of Administration, Commercial & Marketing, Communications and Sports and Television presented their progress to the executives of the governing body of the Parapan American Games. These work days will finish on Friday, closing the progress reports presentations on the road to Santiago 2023.
The Santiago 2023 Parapan American Games will be held between November 17 and 25 of that year, seeing more than 2,000 Para athletes compete in 17 sports and 18 disciplines.
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