About the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games
Lima 2019 will take place between 23 August and 1 September and will feature a record 1,850 athletes competing in 17 sports, two more than Toronto 2015, making it the biggest Parapan American Games to date.
The Peruvian capital city was elected as host city following one round of voting at the 51st Pan Am Sports General Assembly in Toronto, Canada.
Four cities bid for the Games:
Lima, Peru – 31 votes
La Punta, Argentina – 9 votes
Santiago, Chile – 9 votes
Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela – 8 votes
The official logo of the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games was unveiled during a presentation at the High-Performance Centre of Videna in Lima, Peru, on 25 October 2016.
The colourful logo shows three athletes raising their hands to celebrate on the Flower of Amancaes, which is native of Peru, symbolising their determination, courage and joy of competing, and the union amongst them all on the Parapan American podium.
Milco was announced as the official mascot for the Lima 2019 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games at a ceremony held at the in the Peruvian capital city on 25 July. A record-number of 44,514 people participated in the popular vote, overtaking Guadalajara 2011 (15,000) and Toronto 2015 (33,000).
The winning-design, made by Andrea Medrano, is based on a ‘cuchimilco,’ a ceramic sculpture made by the Chancay culture, a pre-Columbian civilization from the region. Milco received 19,895 votes, followed by Wayqi, the gecko, (17,274) and Amantis, which was inspired by the Flower of Amancaes (7,345).
Over 1,000 people presented their designs for the mascot competition before a judging panel narrowed it to three.
Medrano was awarded PEN 15,000, while the second and third-placed designers received PEN 10,000 and 5,000, respectively. “I made this design because I like what the cuchimilcos represent in the history of our country. With its outstretched arms, Milco is welcoming everyone,” said Medrano.
“Lima has a cultural past that makes us proud and that is what I wanted to highlight.”