COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT AND PANAM SPORTS CONFIRM FIRST JUNIOR PAN AMERICAN GAMES IN CALI FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
More than 3,500 athletes from 41 countries will compete in the 27 sports featured in the first multisport event in history designed specifically for young athletes of the Americas that will be held between September 9 and 19, 2021 in the city of Cali, Colombia.
“With the postponement of the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games, the Cali 2021 Junior Pan American Games will be the most important sports event in the world for young people in the coming years,” said Panam Sports President, Neven Ilic.
CALI, COLOMBIA (AUGUST 31, 2020) — One of the most-anticipated decisions for all of the National Olympic Committees, International Federations, Pan American Confederations and of course young athletes of the Americas has finally been confirmed by the Government of President Ivan Duque: the city of Cali, Colombia will organize the first Junior Pan American Games of Cali-Valle 2021.
The news was delivered by Colombia’s Minister of Sport Ernesto Lucena Barrero to Panam Sports President Neven Ilic during the Virtual Meeting of the Organizing Committee of the Cali-Valle 2021 Junior Pan American Games on Monday. Among the attendees were Colombian Olympic Committee President Baltazar Medina, former Valle del Cauca Governor Dillian Francisca Toro, representatives of the Valle del Cauca Government, the Mayor of Cali and the Executive Director of Cali 2021, Jose Luis Echeverry.
The confirmation is a milestone for Panam Sports and the entire Pan American Family as a unique opportunity for the next generation of athletes and for the advancement of sports development throughout the entire American continent. Additionally, Cali 2021 marks the first continental event in history dedicated and designed for young athletes between the ages of 14 and 22.
Additionally, the official dates of the event were confirmed for September 9 to 19, 2021.
“With the postponement of the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games, the Cali 2021 will be the most important and massive sporting event in the world for young people in the coming years. I am sure it will be a spectacular sports festival that will serve as a launching point for our next generation of athletes and that Cali and the Colombians, as always, will be fantastic hosts,” said Panam Sports President Neven Ilic.
“I want to sincerely thank the Colombian Government, President Duque, Minister Lucena, Valle del Cauca Governor Clara Luz Roldan, Mayor of Cali Ivan Ospina and the Colombian Olympic Committee for trusting us as an organization, and for the commitment and passion they have shown to youth and sport throughout the continent,” Ilic added.
“The National Government affirms the resources and commitments that are required for the Junior Pan American Games in Cali. We know the importance of these Games post-pandemic to help reactivate the economy and for the youth of Colombia and all of the Americas. We are working very hard to make these Games as great as we have all dreamed them to be. We want Games of the highest quality, and prestige, but as always the focus of everything is the region, for Colombia and for the athletes who are going to visit us”, said Colombian Sports Minister Ernesto Lucena Barrero.
The first Junior Pan American Games of Cali 2021 will feature 3,500 athletes from the 41 member nations of Panam Sports competing in a total of 27 sports, including: Aquatics (Diving, Swimming and Artistic Swimming), Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball 3×3, Bowling, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling (BMX, Mountain, Road and Track), Fencing, Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline), Handball, Judo, Karate, Modern Pentathlon, Roller Sports (Artistic, Speed and Skateboarding), Rowing, Sailing, Shooting Sport (Pistol and Rifle), Squash, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball (Beach and Indoor), Weightlifting and Wrestling (Freestyle and Greco-Roman).
In order to ensure the best young talent throughout the region participates in these historic Games, Panam Sports is offering qualification to the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games to the gold medalists in every individual sport.
ONE-YEAR COUNTDOWN CELEBRATION: CALI REACHES NEW HEIGHTS
Although no massive celebrations or gatherings are allowed throughout the Americas due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Cali-Valle 2021 Organizing Committee is preparing a special surprise for Wednesday, September 9 to celebrate and mark the One-Year Countdown to the world’s most important sporting event for young athletes in the coming years. The special One-Year Countdown event will be live streamed throughout the Americas and the world on the Panam Sports Channel.
Panam Sports calls on all Caleños, Colombians and sports fans throughout the Americas to stay tuned to social media and the news as the continent begins to experience the passion, joy, music and rhythm of the 1st Junior Pan American Games of Cali 2021 as they start to give their “All For You”.