APC President congratulates new PASO President

Chile’s Neven Ilic was elected President of the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) by one vote from Dominican Republic’s Jose Joaquin Puello. 26 Apr 2017
Jose Luis Campo

Americas Paralympic Committee President Jose Luis Campo giving a speech at the Closing Ceremony of the Sao Paulo 2017 Youth Parapans.

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The Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) President Jose Luis Campo has congratulated Chile’s Neven Ilic after he was elected President of the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) on 26 April at the PASO LIV Ordinary General Assembly in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

In the second round of voting Ilic polled 26 votes, one more than Jose Joaquin Puello of the Dominican Republic. Brazil’s Carlos Nuzman was eliminated after the first round of votes.

Ilic will succeed Uruguay’s Julio Maglione.

“I want to congratulate Neven Ilic on his election as President of PASO, as well as the new members of the Governing Board,” said Campo. “I am looking forward to continuing our joint work to develop Para sports across the Americas.

“Neven (Ilic) is a huge advocate of Para sports. Without his invaluable support, the first Para South American Games in Santiago, Chile, in 2014, would have not been the success they were,” said Campo.

In December 2015, PASO and the APC signed a historic agreement. Under its terms, the two organisations will work jointly on the bid process for future Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

The support also includes APC representatives being invited to join a number of Work Commissions, APC participation in PASO events, and PASO and the APC co-ordinating actions of National Olympic Committees, who are PASO members, to strengthen the working relationships with organisations of Paralympic sport in their respective countries.

The host city for the 2023 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games will be chosen at the PASO LV Ordinary General Assembly in Lima, Peru, in late 2017.