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SANTIAGO 2023 PRESENTS THE TORCH OF THE GAMES AT TRADITIONAL MAPUCHE CEREMONY

Following the presentation of the Official Medals of Santiago 2023 a few days ago, today another of the most important symbols of the Games was presented with the unveiling of the Official Torch that will carry the Pan American Flame to Chile’s National Stadium where it will ignite the cauldron to inaugurate the Pan American Games on October 20.

SANTIAGO, CHILE (August 22, 2023) — In an event held in the Central Ceremonial Park of the Original Cities at the foot of the Andes Mountains, the Official Torch of the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games was revealed with the attendance of Chile’s top sport leaders and Panam Sports President Neven Ilic.

The symbol of the Pan American and Parapan American Games is inspired by the colors of the country and will tour throughout Chile until the cauldron is ignited in the National Stadium on October 20. 

The torch is 66 cm long, weighs 1.5 kilograms and is inspired by the color palette of the territory with brown and different shades of blue on a background where the mountain range relief is expressed from north to south as if it were a map.

The top of the torch is framed by a border which represents the moon and its invisible force that moves the tide of the oceans. In the case of the adapted version, references are made to the sun, fire, desert and valleys and it includes the phrase “Santiago 2023” in Braille.

“If you asked me, ‘what is the greatest symbol of Olympism’? I would probably say the Olympic flame and the Pan American flame. Why? Because it represents many things, it represents history and it represents years of tradition. It is the most impactful symbolism to see an athlete enter with the torch and light the cauldron. It stays lit throughout the entirety of the Games and turns off when the Games are over, and in this case the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games,” said Panam Sports President Neven Ilic.

FROM TEOTIHUACAN TO SANTIAGO

On September 29 in Teotihuacan, Mexico, the Pan American Flame will be ignited in a traditional ceremony that has been held every four years since the Havana 1991 Pan American Games.

The Pan American Flame will then travel by air and will arrive in Chile on the morning of September 30 to begin its journey throughout the country.

The torches will travel to different points of the Host Country. The Torch Relay will feature three paths from the north, the south and inland Chile before arriving all together to the National Stadium on October 20 when the Opening Ceremony of the Games is held and the cauldron will be ignited.