Colombian elected ahead of Lima 2019 Parapan American Games and will serve two-year term with elections next held in 2021
22 Aug 2019
Julio César Ávila
ⒸSebastian Nieto | For APC
Colombian Julio Cesar Avila has been elected as Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) President following four rounds of voting at the APC General Assembly in Lima, Peru.
He was chosen ahead of fellow presidential candidates Julie Dussliere of USA and Lucha Villar of Peru.
“I am thrilled to have received the support of the APC membership; I am speechless and emotional,” said Avila.
“I will work hard to strengthen the relationship between the APC, IPC and the National Paralympic Committees, and look ways to come together to make of the Americas a robust, developed and united region.
“The main goal now is to deliver the best and biggest Parapan American Games in history here in Peru. We are all excited about what Lima 2019 can bring and I believe it will be an outstanding event, the first of its kind held in Peru.
The President was elected by secret ballot by the APC membership which is made up of National Paralympic Committees.
Avila is the fifth person to be elected APC President after Argentina’s José Luis Campo (1997-2005, 2013-2017), Brazil’s Andrew Parsons (2005-2009), Colombia’s Octavio Londoño (2009-2013) and USA’s Julie Dussliere (2018-2019).
He will serve a two-year term with elections next held in 2021.