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Lima will host the 2019 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games – a first for Peru

Lima was selected by delegates attending the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) General Assembly in Toronto out of a pool of four cities that also included La Punta, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; and Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela. The Mayor of Lima Susana Villaran said:

There will be much work because there will be a great investment. We are going to reinvent Lima for these games as Barcelona did in its time.

Ian Troop, Chief Executive officer of TO2015, added:

We want to congratulate the Lima team and all Peruvians on their successful bid to host the 2019 Games. Lima will be a wonderful host. We look forward to sharing our knowledge with them when they join us in 2015 for the Games Observer Program.

Lima 2019 has established two major sports centres to meet 85% of the sports in the official programme. The first cluster will be in the same area as the athletes’ village, with a maximum journey time of 20 minutes and the second cluster is about 40 minutes away.

Cluster one in Callao will host rowing, canoeing/kayaking, sailing and swimming in open water, as well as the fencing, which will take place in the coliseum of La Punta. The triathlon will also take place near La Punta.

The Miguel Grau complex will host athletics, boxing and modern pentathlon. The Sports Coliseum of the Catholic University of Peru will host judo and wrestling. The Peruvian-Chinese School Juan XXIII will be the venue for the table tennis competition.

Cluster two will be in the Villa Deportiva Nacional (VIDENA), which will change its name to Pan American Sports Center. It will host the badminton, handball, gymnastics and track cycling competitions.

This location has been chosen (still in draft stage and feasibility) to be the site of a new arena, the Coliseum of Lima, with a capacity for 10.000 people, and it should be completed in late 2016 to hold volleyball competitions.

Not far from the Pan American Sports Center is the Campo de Marte, which will host the swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo and diving competitions. This cluster includes the National stadium (pictured), the Alejandro Villanueva and the Monumental Stadiums for the soccer tournaments.

Basketball, tennis and weightlifting will go to the Miraflores district where possible venues include the Eduardo Dibós Coliseum, Club Las Terrazas and Hotel Maria Angola Convention Center. Coliseum Manuel Bonilla will host taekwondo and the beach area will host the volleyball tournament.

The Lima Cricket club will host archery; golf will be played at the Los Inkas Club and rugby at Newton College. BMX will be staged in San Juan de Lurigancho and shooting in the Las Palmas Air Force Base in Surco.

Outside the main clusters, equestrian sports will take place in the Equestrian Club in Huachipa, mountain biking on the Manchay slopes and cycling on the Panamericana Sur Highway route.