SANTIAGO 2023 TO AWARD ATHLETES WITH MORE THAN 5,000 MEDALS MADE OF CHILEAN COPPER
The raw material for the medals will be provided by Antofagasta Minerals that today joins the Pan American and Parapan American Games as an Official Sponsor.
SANTIAGO, CHILE (October 5, 2022) — The finest Chilean copper will embark on a journey from the depths of Chilean soil to the coveted medals hanging from the necks of the best athletes of the Americas thanks to today’s sponsorship agreement between the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games and Antofagasta Minerals.
More than 5,000 medals will be produced and awarded during the Pan American and Parapan American Games. The medals feature a copper base extracted from the copper deposits operated by the company in the Antofagasta desert and Coquimbo region. The medals will then be plated in gold, silver and bronze to honor the medalists in the more than 850 individual and team sport events.
“We are very happy with this alliance. Our company shares the principles of inclusion and sustainability that are behind these Games. In addition, an important part of this sponsorship will go to the financing of infrastructure for practicing sports,” announced Antofagasta Minerals Executive President, Ivan Arriagada.
“The fact that a company with the prestige and importance in the world like Antofagasta Minerals has been interested in being an Official Sponsor of the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games fills me with pride. In addition to this important agreement, the athletes who stand on the podium will take home a souvenir of our land, since the medals will be made with Chilean copper from the north of our country and that makes us very happy,” said Panam Sports President, Neven Illic.
“Just as the medals are a symbol of the values of the Olympics, this copper also represents the strength and decision of our people to open our lands and move forward,” added Santiago 2023 Executive Director, Gianna Cunazza.
Antofagasta Minerals is one of the top ten copper producers in the world through four open pit mines located in Centinela, Antucoya and Zaldivar in the Antofagasta Region and Los Pelambras in the south of the Coquimbo Region. There, world-class innovations are utilized such as the use of clean energy, electro-mobility and environmentally responsible processes.
The most important multisport event of the continent will bring together nearly 9,000 athletes from 41 countries to compete in 39 Pan American sports and 17 Parapan American sports with 60 and 18 disciplines, respectively.