Lima, Peru; 9 May 2018 -- The President of Peru Martín Vizcarra yesterday met with International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons, IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez, Lima 2019 President Carlos Neuhaus and Peruvian Paralympic Committee President Lucha Villar at the Government Palace in Lima.
The historic meeting, which was the first time a President of Peru has welcomed the leader of the Paralympic Movement to the Government Palace, focused on how Peru can best promote the Paralympic values in Peruvian society.
President Vizcarra reaffirmed his support for the work of the Paralympic Movement and set out his government’s vision of a more inclusive and fair Peruvian society. The President also stressed Peru’s commitment to capitalising on the unique opportunity presented by the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games to leave a lasting legacy for the Peruvian people.
Speaking after the meeting with President Vizcarra, IPC President Andrew Parsons said:
“President Vizcarra has a very good understanding of the Lima 2019 project and the great opportunity that the Games represent for Lima and Peru. Not only a sporting opportunity, but in the case of the Parapans, an opportunity to improve inclusion and accessibility in Lima.
“There is a real feeling that the President wants to grasp this unique opportunity. He is aware the challenges that lie ahead but is willing to overcome them.
“I left the meeting feeling impressed. Impressed by the President’s knowledge of the whole project and by his willingness to accept our support and recommendations on how to maximise the legacy from the Games.”
Lima 2019 President Carlos Neuhaus said:
“This meeting underlined the importance our government attaches to promoting the Paralympic values in Peru and creating a more inclusive society. All of us at Lima 2019 are motivated by those same objectives. We know that by giving the Americas’ greatest parasport athletes the perfect stage for inspirational performances, the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games can have a transformative effect on Peru.”
Peruvian Paralympic Committee President and Lima 2019 Board member Lucha Villar said:
“As the Paralympic representative in Peru, I’d like to thank President Vizcarra for hosting us. We have already thanked him personally for his support and for giving visibility to the Paralympic Movement in our country. Today we have taken a big step forward. We will keep on moving and won’t stop.”
About the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games will see approximately 6,700 athletes from 41 countries compete in 39 sports and 62 disciplines. The Games will take place between 26 July and 11 August 2019.
The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games will see 1,890 athletes compete in 17 sports and 18 disciplines between 23 August and 01 September 2019.
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