A tour of the modern facilities of the Centro de Entrenamiento Paralímpico, in the Parque Estadio Nacional, was done by several authorities and athletes in the context of the 100 days left to the Santiago 2023 Parapan American Games celebration.
This morning, Sunday 13th, the Sports Minister Jaime Pizarro, along with Harold Mayne-Nicholls, Santiago 2023 Chief Executive Officer, and Sebastián Villavicencio, president of the National Paralympic Committee of Chile (Copachi in Spanish), welcomed at the Parque Estadio Nacional the Interior Minister, Carolina Tohá; the Economy Minister, Nicolás Grau; the Women and Gender Equity Minister, Antonia Orellana; the Education Minister, Marco Antonio Ávila; the Santiago Metropolitan Region Governor, Claudio Orrego; the Mayor of Ñuñoa, Emilia Ríos; Senator Ricardo Lagos Weber; and deputy Marisela Santibañez among other authorities and familiar faces from the Para sports world.
The meeting purpose was to mark a milestone 100 days before the start of the Parapan American Games. With this aim, a tour around the sports clinics was made and Para badminton and blind football were highlighted, and in which Minister Pizarro participated enthusiastically.
“The Parapan American Games have been given the same importance as the Pan American Games, from President Boric downwards. This is historic and makes us very happy and hopeful 10 years after the establishment of Copachi,” says Sebastian Villavicencio, president of the committee.
At the official ceremony, Minister Tohá emphasized that “from the government, we have a clear responsibility to organize this event. Santiago 2023 represents a great emotion that we need more than ever in this country, where we need to reflect the sport values, putting ahead what unites us in a fair game.”
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