International Paralympic Committee visits Santiago to learn about the progress of the Parapan American Games


A new follow-up meeting for the Parapan American Games began this Monday at the Sheraton Hotel in Providencia, with the presence of special envoys from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC), who will check the state of progress of the organization.

The meeting had the formal opening of the Minister of Sports, Alexandra Benado, who valued this type of meeting to continue in the best way the preparations for the multi-sport festival, which qualifies in several tests for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

“We are very happy to receive IPC and APC again in this second Cocom of 2022. They not only come to supervise us and see our current stage, but also, as always, to collaborate, contribute and define details," said the Secretary of State. 

The official mascot of the Games, the seven-color bird Fiu, accompanies the project leader of the International Paralympic Committee, Jürgen Padberg; Sports Minister Alexandra Benado; the president of the Chilean Paralympic Committee, Sebastian Villavicencio, and the executive director of Santiago 2023, Gianna Cunazza (photo: Santiago 2023/Sergio Maureira). 

In this sense, the executive director of Santiago 2023, Gianna Cunazza, stated that "instances like this are essential to carry out Parapan American Games of excellence, we are convinced that these will be very productive days of work and that we will be able to demonstrate all the progresses we have made since they last visited us.”

Meanwhile, the president of the Chilean Paralympic Committee (Copachi) and member of the board of directors of the Santiago 2023 Corporation, Sebastián Villavicencio, stressed that "we are very calm and hopeful that next year we will be able to start this great event for our country. We are very happy with this day and we will make the most of it”.

The Santiago 2023 Parapan American Games will be held from November 17 to 26 next year, bringing together almost 2,000 Para athletes from 33 countries to compete in 17 Para sports and 18 disciplines, in venues distributed only in the Metropolitan Region.


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