Less than two weeks after the spectacular and successful Pan-American Games 2019 have come to an end in just a couple of days the ParaPan-American Games 2019 will be inaugurated with a festive opening ceremony at the Estadio Nacional in Lima. And the city can’t wait to welcome and cheer on the athletes once more.
The ParaPan-American Games are one of the major sporting events for athletes with disabilities comparable the Paralympic Games but restricted to participants from the Americas. Also known as the 2019 ParaPan Am Games or Lima 2019 ParaPan, the VI (6th) ParaPan American Games, are held in Lima, Peru from August 23 to September 1, 2019 (the first competitions however already start on August 22).
During the 2019 ParaPan American Games, which since 1999 take place every four years in the year before the Summer Olympic Games / Paralympic Games a week or so after the Pan American Games, about 1900 athletes from 31 nations of the Americas compete in 17 sports and 18 disciplines.
And as Lima and its citizens have already proven during the PanAmerican Games the city is capable and ready to host not only the largest sporting event the country has ever seen but also the biggest ParaPan Ams ever.
Sporting facilities are not only up to par, but first class; the first athletes and team officials already arrived and found a modern home away from home in the newly build Athletes Village that caters perfectly as well for people with disabilities; the ParaPan torch is ignited today at the ancient Ruins of Pachacamac in the south of Lima and travels now for the coming three days to Lima’s National Stadium; and Limeños are more than happy to welcome new guests showering them in more enthusiasm and warmth.
So, let the ParaPan Games begin!
Video of the opening ceremony of the ParaPan-American Games 2019 in Lima
Official Lima 2019 ParaPan Logo
The official Lima 2019 ParaPan logo is inspired by the indigenous yellow Amancaes flower, a native plant endemic to the coastal Peruvian hills and commonly associated with the Peruvian capital.
The three flower petals in green, red and blue represent three athletes raising their hands to celebrate. They come together in the yellow center which represents the Peruvian capital.
The colorful logo symbolizes the athlete’s determination, courage and joy of competing, and the union amongst them all on the Parapan American podium.
Official Lima 2019 ParaPan Mascot
To find the perfect official mascot for the Pan-American and ParaPan American Games 2019 that reflects the history and culture of the Peruvian capital, radiates life and passion, captures the warmth and hospitality of the Limeños and embodies determination, courage, and equality, as well as the spirit of the sporting event, a huge contest was launched in which all Peruvians could participate.
In the end Milco, created by graphic designer Andrea Medrano, won. Milco's design is inspired by the cuchimilco, small ceramics made by the Chancay culture, a pre-Columbian civilization which developed around 70 km north of today’s Lima and extended their influence south into the Lima region between 1100 and1450 AD. The cuchimilco are believed to have been guardians of the tombs of the Chancay people and / or companions in the afterlife.
According to Lima 2019 website Milco is a very cheerful, optimistic and above all hospitable mascot that is characterized by having his arms always open to welcome everyone to the Games. At the same time he represent Lima’s and Peru’s rich historical and cultural past. He wears a sports outfit with red shorts – red is his favorite color and as well the “national” color of Peru.
Sports included in the 2019 ParaPan American Games
Athletes compete in the following sports:
- Football 5-a-side
- Football 7-a-side
- Para Athletics
- Para Badminton
- Para Cycling
- Para Powerlifting
- Para Swimming
- Para Table Tennis
- Para Taekwondo
- Para Shooting
- Sitting Volleyball
- Wheelchair Basketball
- Wheelchair Rugby
- Wheelchair Tennis
Venues of the ParaPan-American Games 2019 in Lima
The sporting events are held at six different venues in Lima all laid out to cater for any special needs of the athletes.
- VIDENA - Villa Deportiva Nacional Videna in San Luis (Wheelchair Basketball, Judo. Para Athletics, Para Badminton, Para Cycling Track, Para Swimming, Para Powerlifting, Para Table Tennis)
- Villa El Salvador Sports Center (Goalball, Para Taekwondo, Sitting Volleyball, Boccia. Wheelchair Rugby)
- Villa Maria del Triumfo Sports Center (Football 5-a-side and Football 7-a-side)
- Las Palmas Air Base (Para Shooting)
- Lawn Tennis Club (Wheelchair tennis)
- Costa Verde San Miguel (Para Cycling Road)
Athletes Village in Lima
The Athletes Village is located in Lima’s district Villa El Salvador. The newly build complex consists of seven 20-storey high-rises with 1,600 units, green and leisure areas. The expected 1900 disabled athletes and team officials will find a modern and comfortable home away from home in special units tailored to their particular needs.
The ParaPan-American Torch
The ParaPan American torch is ignited on August 20, 2019 at the ancient Ruins of Pachacamac – once the most important and influential ceremonial and administrative center in the coastal region - in the south of Lima.
From there a 3-day torch relay starts. 300 torchbearers carry the flame to Lima’s city center visiting 12 iconic huacas on the way.
On August 23, 2019 the ParaPan-American Torch will light the ParaPan-American Flame during the opening ceremony at Lima’s National Stadium.
Opening ceremony of the ParaPan American Games 2019
The opening ceremony of the Lima 2019 ParaPan-American Games is celebrated on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 07.00 pm at the Estadio Nacional in Lima. Next to the “formal acts” spectators can expect a spectacular, colorful, enthusiastic and truly Peruvian show.
Tickets for the ParaPan-American Games 2019
Tickets are available at Teleticket in Wong and Metro supermarkets or at Teleticket online for S/ 10 (adults) and S/ 5 (minors, seniors, wheelchair users and their companion).