Cali gives birth to a new Pan American Flame for the first Junior Pan American Games.

CALI, COLOMBIA (November 17, 2021) — The city of Cali lights the fire that will ignite the continent’s passion for Olympic sport in an event full of color and significance for the city and  the Valle del Cauca as hosts of the first edition of the Junior Pan American Games.

At the foot of the Cristo Rey monument that overlooks the city, a group of Colombian Scouts created the fire representing the birth of a new Pan American Flame. The Scouts then passed the flame to Cali Mayor Jorge Ivan Ospina and Valle del Cauca Governor Clara Luz Roldan before Panam Sports President Neven Ilic used it to light the torch that will spread excitement for the Games throughout the Valle del Cauca.

Colombia’s Youth Olympic Games champion Valeria Cabezas and National Youth Swimming champion Juan Manuel Morales were chosen as the outstanding young athletes to begin the torch relay, representing the nearly 4,000 competitors who will battle for medals at Cali 2021. They received the torch from President Ilic before running around the iconic Cristo Rey monument surrounded by guests of honor, authorities and members of the media.

The Scouts created the flame signaling the birth of a new tradition in Pan American sport using four ingredients that have been utilized since ancient times, including flint, acetylene, potassium and sugar permanganate and potassium and glycerin permanganate. The historic moment marks the beginning of a new chapter for the athletes of the Americas and gives recognition to Cali-Valle as the first home of the Junior Pan American Games.

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The design of the torch represents a nest that is inspired by the various birds of Colombia, much like the Official Medals of Cali 2021. The symbolism tells the story of how young athletes of the Americas will begin their flights to the greatest heights of international sport at the Cali 2021 Junior Pan American Games.

This Official Torch Relay of Cali-Valle 2021 will follow the schedule below and organizers invite the community to join the celebration by accompanying the torch bearers as they pass through the various cities and locations throughout the Valle del Cauca.

Friday, November 19th, all day, Barranquilla
Emblematic sites

Saturday, November 20th, 9:00 am. Jamundi
Bridge of Jamundi to the Monument to the Cacique Xamundi

Sunday, November 21st, 9:00 am. Calima El Darien
Comfandi Recreation Center at Los Balcones de Calima Restaurant

Sunday, November 21st, 3:00 pm. Yumbo
Mulalo Museum at the Sanctuary of the Lord of Good Consuelo

Monday, November 22nd, 9:00 am. Buga
Uniminuto Buga headquarters to the Basilica of the Lord of Miracles

Monday, November 22nd, 3:00 pm. Palmira
Faculty of Agronomy National University at the Pan American Park

Tuesday, November 23rd, 9:00 am. ‘Cali Sports City’ monument
MIO Cable Brisas de Mayo Station to the Miguel Calero Hockey Coliseum

Wednesday, November 24th, 9:00 am. ‘Cali – Valle’
River cat to the Plazoleta de San Francisco

Thursday, November 25th, 7:00 pm. Cali (Opening Ceremony)
North gate of the Pascual Guerrero stadium to the Junior Pan American Cauldron.

The Cali 2021 Torch Relay is the result of a collaborative creative process including students, graduates and professors from the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente belonging to the Graphic Communication Design and Advertising Communication and Agency programs who  graciously responded to the call of the Games organizers to support the relay.