The year 2020 was not kind to sports, but 2021 is set up to be a grand year, including the proposed first-ever staging of the Junior Pan American Games.
It is an international multi-sport event similar to the Pan Am Games, only on the junior side, created for athletes from the Americas between the ages of 18-21. Approximately 1,000 young athletes from 41 member countries of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), of which The Bahamas is a member, are expected to compete in 313 events in 27 sports.
The games are set for September 9th – 19th, in what is respected as the worldwide capital of salsa, Cali, Colombia. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Pascual Guerrero Stadium.
Just this week, authorities of Panam Sports performed a site visit to sports venues in Cali following the opening of Colombia’s borders and met with the organizing committee of the games in which details about transportation, catering, volunteering, protocol, and security, among others, were presented.
Panam Sports released a statement in which they expressed their optimism and pleasure with the progress of the development of sports venues, the work that is being done, and the items in place for a successful staging of the games. According to the statement, the Cali 2021 Junior Pan American Games are on the right track, and Colombia, the Cauca Valley Department, Cali, and Panam Sports are 100 percent committed to ensuring the games is an unforgettable celebration.
The Panam Sports General Assembly will be held virtually for the first time in history this December 15th and 16th. During the assembly, Cali Valle 2021, the organizing committee of the games, will make a formal presentation on the progress achieved in the organization of the Junior Pan American Games to the delegates of the National Olympic Committee members of Panam Sports, the Pan American Confederations and special guests.