The Flame Lighting Ceremony took place on July 2 at el Templo del Dios Sol in Teotihuacan in Mexico. The new fire started to unite two ancient cultures the Aztec (Mexico) and the Incan (Peru).
The relay will last 22 days. It started last Thrusday in Cuzco and will be travelling across 14 departaments and 19 cities in Peru and will end in the National Stadium in Lima on July 26 when the opening ceremony will take place.
It is said that the spirit of sport lives in the Pan American Torch, the flame ignited every four years to travel the roads of the country hosting the Pan American Games, carrying a message of integration and brotherhood to the whole world.
We will host the best athletes and Para athletes who will show their skills to the world by promoting the games values.
We will also show the world the rich Peruvian culture as thousands of visitors will come from every corner to be part of Lima 2019.
We will host 39 sports and 61 disciplines during the 17 days of competitions. One of the important things is that 22 of these sports and disciplines will take athletes to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Some are: athletics, swimming, artistic swimming, diving, surfing, tennis, tri and pentathlon, sailing, etc.
Juan Diego Flores, the world famous Peruvian tenor and soprano, together with Luis Fonsi, from Puerto Rico, and several Peruvian artists have prepared a unique welcome for our athletes and public.
You can check the link at www.lima2019.pe
The 6th edition of Parapan American Games will be held in Lima right after the Pan American Games continuing a tradition which started in 1999 with 4 sports: Para athletics, para table tennis, para swimming and wheelchair basketball. We will host 1890 athletes from 33 countries who will participate in 17 sports and 18 disciplines.
The Opening Ceremony will take place at the National Stadium on August 23 and will end up on September 1, 2019.
The Parapan American Games will also have direct qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games making the completion in Lima full of challenges.