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Santa Marta infrastructure set to serve as a model for South American Games

The Aquatics Center for the 2017 Bolivarian Games in Santa Marta, Colombia. (Photo: Bolivarian Games, Press Office)
by Otilio Lopez, Bolivarian Games

SANTA MARTA, November 20, 2017 - Juan Manuel Chevarría, director of the XI South American Games that will be held next year in Cochabamba (Bolivia), lauded the venues built for the Bolivarian Games and the technology implemented to achieve such rapid execution of the necessary construction .

A delegation of the Organizing Committee of the XI South American Games Cochabamba 2018, is in the Colombian city of Santa Marta observing the development of the Bolivarian Games 2017 in order to collect experiences from the Games.

The aim is to monitor how all the logistics plans of an event of such magnitude are executed, from the preparation of the venues for sporting events, to details of transport and accommodation and meals.

At a press conference held at the Main Media Center of the Bolivarian Games, Juan Manuel Chevarria, director of the games in Cochabamba, said it had been productive to experience the development this event in Santa Marta first hand, as the logistics organization witnessed had been very effective. "As a delegation from Bolivia we are very happy to be here and learn. On the subject of infrastructure, we have seen that there are different construction materials and technology that have allowed them to complete the scenarios more quickly. That idea is interesting and we are going back to our country to propose this infrastructure to accelerate the schedule there, "said Chevarría.

The South American Games in Cochabamba, which will take place from May 26 to June 8 of the coming year, and has already aroused great interest due to its guarantee of sports quality. The Games will have 13 qualifying sports for the 2019 Pan American Games and will see two other sports award points for the world ranking.

Among the venues highlighted by the Bolivian delegation are the Aquatic Complex, the Coliseums, as well as the football stadium.

The previous South American Games were held in Santiago, Chile in 2014, now they will cross the border to go to Cochabamba, the third largest city in Bolivia located in the center of that country, at 2,550 meters above sea level.

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