214 athletes will arrive from Cuba to participate in the Junior Pan American Games in Cali

In the image a panoramic archive record of the city of Santiago de Cali, venue of the Junior Pan American Games that will be held in this Colombian city from November 25 to December 5. EFE / Christian Escobar

Cuba will bring to the Colombian city of Cali a delegation of 214 athletes who will compete in 26 disciplines in the first edition of the Junior Pan American Games, that will run from November 25 to December 5.

Cuba will have representatives in 16 sports and many interests in the medals that will distribute athletics, boxing and wrestlingsaid the director of High Performance of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder), José Antonio Miranda.

The objectives of the Cuban delegation, as explained by the manager, focus on the evaluation of the prospects for the Olympic cycles of Los Angeles 2028 and Brisbane 2032, as well as for the participation of several figures in the appointment of Paris 2024.

He also considered that there is an interesting opportunity to evaluate the rivals in the area and project athletes to the Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile 2023.

Miranda classified the classification process for Cali 2021 as complex, first due to the impact of the covid-19 pandemic, and also due to the coincidence with the preparation stage for the Tokyo Olympics.

Although the Cuban delegation will be one of the largest in Cali, representatives in volleyball, tennis, softball and 3×3 basketball were left out.

Among those classified, 169 (78 percent of the delegation) come from national high-performance schools and 45 from Schools for School Sports Initiation (Eide) and academies in the country.

For the first edition of the Junior Pan American Games, which will bring together athletes under 23 years of age, Cuba also classified in badminton, baseball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, karate, weightlifting, Greco-Roman wrestling and wrestling.

Also swimming, artistic swimming, running and artistic skating, modern pentathlon, rowing, table tennis, taekwondo, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and beach volleyball.

At the Cali event, 3,800 athletes from 41 countries are expected to attend.

The Junior Pan American Games will be the first great trial by fire in the new Olympic cycle that will then lead to the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile and will lead to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Everything is ready for the Junior Pan American Games

Everything is ready in Cali for the arrival of 3,800 athletes from 41 countries to the city, as reported by the local mayor’s office, who also assured that with the Junior Pan American Games, the capital of Valle del Cauca is ratified as the Sports City of Colombia and the world.

For a week, the Jaime Aparicio Sports Unit finalized the details to receive, from November 25 to December 5, the I Cali-Valle 2021 Junior Pan American Games, the first multisport event in the world to be held with the public in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic.

During a visit to the Miguel Calero Hockey Coliseum, the Hernando Botero O’Byrne swimming pools, the Francisco Chois Coliseum and the Pedro Grajales Athletics Stadium, the mayor of Cali, Jorge Iván Ospina, invited all Caleños to attend the sports activities .

“We find scenarios that are ready and with the sports implementation that is required for the Games”explained the mayor a few days ago. “We lack a little to have everything ready, but this is the opportunity to invite all the people of Cali to attend this great event”, the local president insisted last week.


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