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Sun, Aug

Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra declared the Lima 2019 Pan American Games officially open ©Lima 2019

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games
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The Lima 2019 Pan American Games are officially under way following a bright and lively Opening Ceremony here.

A sold-out crowd and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach were taken back through Peruvian history, aided by a representation of Lima’s sacred mountain Nevado Parlacaca placed in the centre of the stage.

Pre-Hispanic gods, cajónes, Peruvian paso horses and a digital reincarnation of Peruvian singer Chabuca Granda featured throughout the Ceremony, alongside formal proceedings such as a Parade of Nations.

Peru received the largest cheer from the crowd as their delegation was led out by an ekeko, the Tiwanakan god of abundance and prosperity.

Lima 2019 President Carlos Neuhaus began the speeches, followed by Panam Sports President Neven Ilic.

Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra then declared the Games officially open.

"Dear friends of the 41 countries of the Americas and the world," he said.

"Welcome to the biggest sports party on the continent.

"Peru, land of great cultures and an ancient history, welcomes you with open arms.

"It is an honour for me to inaugurate the eighteenth Pan American Games, Lima 2019."

The Lima 2019 Torch Relay came to an end when the cauldron, shaped like an Incan sun, was lit by Cecilia Tait, a Seoul 1988 Olympic volleyball silver medallist.

Four other Peruvian athletes were also involved in the final stretch of the relay.

Mexico City 1975 Pan American Games 100 metre hurdles champion Edith Noeding carried the Torch into the stadium, passing it on to judoka Ariana Balterzar Minan and table tennis player Carlos Fernandez, two young athletes who represented the bright future of Peru.

Former Olympic volleyball player Lucha Fuentes then took the Torch, handing it to Tait.

Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and producer Luis Fonsi concluded the evening, performing seven songs and leaving hit Despacito till last.

The official music video for Despacito is the most-viewed Youtube video of all time, with 6.25 billion views.

As the Ceremony came to an end, 16 days of competition are set to begin in 39 sports, with around 6,700 athletes expected to participate.



2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru

Dates: Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – Sun, Aug 11, 2019
Host city: Lima, Peru
Athletes: 6,690


2019 TT Pan Am team

AQUATICS: Dylan Carter, Kael Yorke, Graham Chatoor, Jade Chatoor, Gabriela Donahue, Giselle Gursoy; Tracy De Montrichard-Carter, Chase Bloch, Joseph Mc Leod (officials).

ARCHERY: Daniel Catariz; Colvin Chin (official).

ATHLETICS: Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Semoy Hackett, Alena Brooks, Kamaria Durant, Sparkle McKnight, Cleopatra Borel, Portious Warren, Tyra Gittens,Keston Bledman, Kyle Greaux, Jereem Richards, Dwight St Hillaire, Machel Cedenio, Reubin Walters, Akanni Hislop, Jerod Elcock, Asa Guevara, Andwuelle Wright, Wimani Stewart, Keshorn Walcott, Shakeil Waithe, Deon Lendore, Mauricia Prieto, Ayla Stansclaus, Tonya Nero; George Comissiong, Ian Carter, Nic Connor Alexander, Charles Joseph, Arlon Morrisson, Mastrapa Lopez, Wendell Williams (officials).

BADMINTON: Nekeisha Blake; Melvin Thomas (official).

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Malika Davidson, Rheeza Grant, Daynte Stewart, Marlon Phillip; Nancy Joseph, Stephen Enile (officials).

BOXING: Nigel Paul, Aaron Prince, Tyron Thomas, Micheal Alexander; Reynold Cox, Rawlson Dopwell (officials).

CANOE SPRINT: Matthew Robinson, Nicholas Robinson; Merryl See Tai (official).

CYCLING: Nicholas Paul, Njisane Phillip, Kwesi Browne, Keron Bramble, Quincy Alexander, Jabari Whiteman, Kemp Orosco, Tyler Cole, Jovian Gomez, Akil Campbell, Teniel Campbell, Alexi Costa; David Francis, Erin Hartwell, Gene Samuel, Elisha Greene, Gabriel Thomas (officials).

GOLF: Isabella Lawrence; Wayne Baptiste (official).

GYMNASTICS: Joseph Fox; Charlie St Leger (official).

HOCKEY: Karlos Stephen, Akim Toussiant, Jordan Reynos, Kristien Emmanuel, Teague Marcano, Sheldon De Lisle, Marcus James, Mickell Pierre, Tarik Marcano, Daniel Byer, Micheael O’Connor, Shaquille Daniel, Lyndell Byer, Kwandwane Browne, Caleb Guiseppi, Dylan Francis, Joel Daniel, Malcolm Baptiste; Glenn Francis, Kirth Davis, Huw Stevens, Nicholas Baldeosingh (officials).

JUDO: Gabriella Wood; Mark Littrean (official).

ROWING: Felice Aisha Chow; Monica Hilcu (official).

RUGBY: Apphia Glasgow, Leah Kintiba, Nicolette Pantor, Blossom Stewart, Fayola Jack, Marika Mendez, Carlina Phillip, Maria Thomas, Kwanieze John, Aqiyla O’Brien, Kathleen Stephen, Kanisha Vincent; Jenilee Limada, Carlton Felix, Kelson Figaro (officials).

SAILING: Andrew Ivan David Lewis, Kelley-Ann Mary Arrindell; Official: Kairon Serrette (official).

SHOOTING: Anthony D Maraj, Marsha Bullen-Jones, Robert Auerbach, Roger Daniel; Ian Cockburn (official).

TABLE TENNIS: Rheann Chung; Anthony Corbin (official).

TAEKWONDO: Megan Lawrence; Cheryl Ann Sankar (official).

Team TTO in PAN AM 2019