With a tour of the main facilities, the COPACI directors, led by its owner, José Manuel Peláez, verified in Cali that everything is ready to start the cycling competitions in the first Junior Pan American Games, scheduled for November 25 to December 5th.
The Cuban Pedro Frías Armenteros, President of the Jury of Track Commissioners, and the Colombian Héctor Fabio Arcila, Sport manager of the Organizing Committee for this discipline, accompanied Peláez in this last inspection just hours before the start of the continental tournament. Both showed their satisfaction with the conditions created by the local authorities and Panam Sport.
Cycling will be the fourth sport that will distribute the most titles in the fair with 20 among the four modalities called: BMX (2), Mountain Bike (2), track (12) and route (4). Only athletics (45), swimming (36) and gymnastics with its three modalities (26) surpass it in the delivery of crowns.
About thirty nations will be contesting the podiums, while the facilities have already been endorsed. The well-known Alcides Nieto Patiño velodrome will host the track events; in the urban circuit in Buga we will celebrate the route; while the Challenger track at the Polideportivo Norte is ready for BMX Rascing and the Raúl Pizarro track is the chosen setting for mountain biking.
“I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the authorities of Panam Sports and the Organizing Committee of these Games, as well as to the authorities of Cali and Valle del Cauca for the support of our sport, both in the fees received and in the infrastructure”, Peláez commented.
It remains only from the 26th to put on the show that fans and each delegation aspire to enjoy. Everything is ready and Copaci will enforce the regulations of the International Cycling Union (UCI). “Success to all, cyclists, coaches, mechanics and lovers of this exciting sport,” finally declared the owner of this discipline in America.