PASO President Mario Vazquez Raña, the General Director of the Organizing Committee for the 2011 Guadalajara Pan American Games addresses the meeting. Photo/ PASO.
By Raul Garcia Salguero, AIPS Executive Committee Member
GUADALAJARA, November 4, 2009 -The PASO Executive Committee met today in Guadalajara, host city for the 16th Pan American Games, to start their working sessions with a welcome message by PASO's President, Mr. Mario Vazquez Raña, the General Director of the Organizing Committee for the 2011 Guadalajara Pan American Games, Dr. Carlos Andrade Garin and by Guadalajara's Interim Mayor, Mr. Juan Pablo de la Torre.
The Executive Committee, taking into account the details in the report submitted by the PASO special commission for evaluating the differentlocation options for the Pan American Village, decided that the Village for the Guadalajara Pan American Games will be at El Bajio, since that location meets the requirements outlined by PASO to ensure the best housing accommodations for the athletes and for all other Pan AmericanGames participants.
The Executive Committee expressed their complete support to the proposal presented by PASO's President to establish a follow-up commission in charge of overseeing the execution of the critical path that was approved for the Pan American Village.
The new commission will be integrated by Mr. Pablo Lemus, COPARMEX Jalisco President, Mr. Alvaro Preciado, famed Mexican construction engineer, and Mr. Reynaldo Gonzalez, PASO Coordinator. The commission will submit a bi-monthly report to PASO's President detailing the progress made toward the construction of the Pan American Village.
The Canada and Colombia delegations, who have already settled in, are in our country with the added purpose of winning as host city for the 17th Pan American Games in 2015. In addition to Toronto and Bogota, the Peruvian capital of Lima also aspires to be host city.