The 18th edition of the Pan American Games has successfully concluded in Lima, Peru, but great challenges remain for the Pan American Sports Organization.

The Panam Sports Awards in Fort Lauderdale, the first Junior Pan American Games in Colombia, and the next edition of the continent’s top sporting festival, Santiago 2023, are the next priorities among the countless projects and goals established in the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.

The President of Panam Sports, Neven Ilic, and his staff in Santiago, Miami and Mexico only took three days off after the spectacular Lima 2019 Pan American Games, returning to work to start planning the next four years of the Pan American cycle that are already upon us.

Of all the challenges that the Panam Sports Executive Committee has defined as its goals over the next few years, three stand out as the most important.

The first is the Panam Sports Awards, which already has a date defined. The awards show will be held on December 13, 2019 where the best athletes on the continent who have performed brilliantly throughout the year will be acknowledged. The celebration promises to be spectacular, with a red carpet for athletes, live music, and the stage set to recognize the most outstanding athletes and inspiring performances from the Lima 2019 Pan American Games in Peru.

The second challenge takes us to Cali, Colombia, where the Junior Pan American Games will be held for the first time in history. These Games seek to bridge the competition gap for the generation of athletes that have completed youth competitions but have difficulty reaching the next level. The Host City is working tirelessly to have all the necessary amenities for the thousands of athletes who will participate in this innovative competition that will undoubtedly help further develop sport in the Americas.

And the third and perhaps most important objective is Santiago 2023. During the Closing Ceremony of Lima 2019, President of Chile Sebastián Piñera received the flag of Panam Sports, reflecting the commitment that the Chilean State has undertaken to stage this great festival of sport. “Peru has set the bar very high for us,” said President Piñera, known for his great love of sport.

While the Organizing Committee works at full speed to create the team, there have already been activations in Chile by SantiaGO 2023. The presentation of the logo and brand, the reception of the Panam Sports flag, the welcome celebration for the athletes who excelled at Lima 2019 and the farewell reception for Parapan athletes are just a few of the signs that demonstrate Chile is ready to GO in 2023.