“These have been two years of hard work. We have worked as a team and we are excited about what is coming next"
The Lima 2019 Organising Committee has unveiled the Parapan American Torch that will carry the flame and spread the spirit of the Games and the Parapan American values across the Peruvian capital city ahead of the Opening Ceremony on 23 August.
Lima 2019 General Director Alberto Valenzuela, Para badminton world champion Giuliana Poveda and NPC Peru President Lucha Villar presented the torch at a ceremony held in Lima on 28 June.
Carlos Neuhaus, Lima 2019 President, said: “These have been two years of hard work. We have worked as a team and we are excited about what is coming next.”
Valenzuela added: “We want the athletes to become new heroes in history.”
The Parapan American Torch will be lit on 20 August at the Inca Pachacamac Temple in Lima.
It will then travel throughout 12 historical sites called ´huacas´ located across the city such as Huaca Pucllana, Puruchuco, Mateo Salado, Huallamarca, among others.
On 23 August, the Parapan American Torch will arrive at the National Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the Games. A total of 300 torchbearers will participate.
Lima 2019 will take place between 23 August – 1 September and will feature over 1,800 athletes competing across 17 sports, overtaking Toronto 2015 as the biggest Parapan American Games in history.