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Panam Sports President Ilic impressed by progress of 'Olympic quality facilities' ahead of Lima 2019

Neven Ilic inspects the acquatic centre site at VIDENA. (Photo by Lima 2019)
Lima, July 10, 2018 - The President of Panam Sports Neven Ilic recently went on a two-day visit to Lima, the Peruvian capital, to inspect a number of key venues for the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games, and he was impressed by the progress being made.

Ilic was accompanied by Panam Sports Secretary General Ivar Sisniega and Panam Sports’ Lima 2019 liaison Mario Cilenti, while Lima 2019 President Carlos Neuhaus was on hand to take them around.

The Panam Sports delegation made their first stop at the Videna sports complex, where major progress is being made on the velodrome, athletics stadium and aquatics centre, and Ilic described the facilities being put in place as “Olympic quality facilities”.

“I think that Peru, and Lima in particular, will inherit a wonderful legacy from the Games. From what I have seen during this visit, I can leave assured that in terms of infrastructure, Lima will host a world-class Pan American Games.

“When the works are completed at Videna, Peru will be left with state-of-the-art, Olympic quality facilities.”

From the Videna sports complex, the Panam Sports delegation were taken to the Andrés Avelino Cáceres Sports Complex in Villa María del Triunfo, before making a final stop at the Athletes Village in Villa el Salvador, where 1,000 of the 1,096 apartments have already been built.

Ilic said: “The work being done is very impressive, we must keep up the intensity. We are almost a year away from the Games and I am delighted to say that everything is on track. I leave feeling very satisfied with the good progress that is being made.”

Lima 2019 President Carlos Neuhaus was pleased by the feedback he received during the two-day visit:

“I want to thank Neven Ilic and his team for their unconditional support in helping us deliver an outstanding Pan American Games.

“My team has been working around the clock to ensure we fully grasp the unique opportunity that the Games provide to transform Peru’s relationship with sport.”
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