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Lima 2019 inaugurates first sporting venue for Pan American Games
By Jonathan Firpo
Mar 11, 2019 - 10:07:49 AM

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Lima, Peru - With approximately five months to go until the start of the Pan American and Parapan American Games, Lima 2019 has inaugurated its first new sporting venue – the baseball stadium in the Villa Maria del Triunfo district of Lima.

At the heart of the event, which took place this Saturday 10 March, was the Peruvian Baseball National Team who conducted a training session at the new state-of-the-art facility. The baseball stadium features a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) approved field, changing rooms and seats for 1,800 spectators.

During the event, Lima 2019 President Carlos Neuhaus officially handed over the venue to Peruvian Baseball Federation President, Victor Ramos. After the completion of the Games, the venue will become the new home of Peruvian baseball.

“We are delighted to be handing over the baseball stadium to the national federation and we hope that they will enjoy their new home. This brand new, world-class venue is evidence that Peru is ready to deliver on the global stage,” said Neuhaus.

“The Games will feature 23 qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 and more than 900 hours of live coverage, so expect the Lima 2019 to be one of the most thrilling Pan American Games in recent history. That is why we are committed to investing in the best facilities and conditions so that top athletes from the Americas can fulfil their potential in July this year,” added Neuhaus.

The baseball venue is located in the Villa Maria del Triunfo venue cluster, which will also host softball, water polo, rugby, field hockey and archery during the Pan American Games, as well as 5-a-side and 7-a-side football during the Parapan American Games. All of the facilities will be handed over to the Villa Maria del Triunfo community for use after the Games.

“It is a source of great joy for our district to have been selected as a host of the Pan American and Parapan American Games. After the Games, the venue will be fundamental in providing children, adolescents and adults with opportunities to discover and practice new sporting disciplines,” said the President of Villa Maria del Triunfo Municipality Sports Commission, Alonso Llachua.

Furthermore, sport promotes a healthy lifestyle and strong values, and deters youth from bad habits, which are unfortunately present in various parts of our capital,” added Llachua.

The handing over of the sporting venue, located in one of Lima’s least developed districts, not only represents a big milestone in the lead up to the Games, but also a demonstration that Peru is investing in its sporting future and is committed to maximising the legacy of the Games.

ABOUT THE LIMA 2019 PAN AMERICAN AND PARAPAN AMERICAN GAMES

The Lima 2019 Pan American Games will see approximately 6,700 athletes from 41 countries compete in 39 sports and 62 disciplines. The Games will take place between July 26 and August 11, 2019.

The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games will see 1,890 athletes compete in 17 sports and 18 disciplines between August 23 and September 1, 2019.

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