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PANAM SPORTS REMOVES SKATEBOARDING FROM LIMA 2019 PAN AMERICAN GAMES

The decision was made by the Executive Committee of the Pan American Sports Organization due to the lack of guarantees necessary to ensure the tournament will feature the top athletes of the continent, which is one of the fundamental objectives of the Games.

The Lima 2019 Pan American Games will feature 39 sports and 22 Olympic qualifiers.

MEXICO CITY (May 16, 2019) — The Executive Committee of Panam Sports has unanimously decided to withdraw Skateboarding from the competition program of the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

The decision was made after certain fulfillments by the Pan American Confederation and the International Federation were not met, greatly affecting the normal development of the competition.

In a letter addressed to both organizations, the Executive Committee of Panam Sports provided the following reasons to definitively exclude Skateboarding from the Lima 2019 Games:

“Although we had the commitment of World Skate that the Pan American Games would be a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, this was never concrete and we finally received confirmation that it would not be one of the events that offered points towards qualification to the Olympic Games.

The classification process determined by the Pan American Confederation excluded several of the best countries in this discipline, leaving out many of the best athletes of the continent.

The recent scheduling of a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the discipline of Street Skateboarding in the city of Los Angeles, on exactly the same dates as the Skateboarding events at the Pan American Games of Lima 2019, is something we understand as a lack of respect to the Pan American Games, to the athletes that were going to participate in these Games and fundamentally, to the Organizing Committee of Lima 2019.”

The event in question is the World Skate SLS Tour 2019 Los Angeles, which has been scheduled to take place July 23 to 28 in California. The competition of Skateboarding in Lima 2019 was scheduled from July 27 to 28.

The dates for the competition in Los Angeles were decided when there were less than three months remaining until the start of the Pan American Games, which ostensibly affects the normal development of continental competition in the Peruvian capital.

Panam Sports deeply regrets the decision to exclude Skateboarding from Lima 2019, as it will surely affect several athletes who have been working hard to represent their country in Lima, and also to the National Olympic Committees that have committed resources to help those athletes reach the most important multisport event in the Americas. However, the conditions were not met and there are no guarantees on the part of the organizations that govern the sport in the continent and in the world for the realization of an event with the standards that are required for the Pan American Games.

Panam Sports has already communicated this decision to the International Federation, the Pan American Confederation and the 41 National Olympic Committees within Americas Olympic Movement.

Following the elimination of Skateboarding from the competition program, the Lima 2019 Pan American Games will have 39 sports, 22 of which will be Olympic qualifiers.

The Lima 2019 Pan American Games begin July 26 and conclude August 11.