Athletes from St. Kitts and Nevis joined representations from forty other countries, on the biggest sporting stage in the Americas
Athletes from St. Kitts and Nevis joined representations from forty other countries, on the biggest sporting stage in the Americas, for the opening ceremony of the 25th Pan American Games, in Lima Peru, last night July 26.
The St. Kitts and Nevis delegation was led by flag-bearer and high jumper Jermaine Francis, at the opening ceremony.
PanAm Games officially start with spectacular show in Lima, Peru
Jermaine expressed his pleasure with the privilege and despite being a bit shy when the microphone is placed in front of him, confirmed that he is a natural showman when the camera is on him.
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Peru put on a fantastic opening ceremony and seemingly justified the US$1.2 billion price tag that came with hosting the games.
The opening ceremony paid tribute to Peruvian culture, specifically Incan traditions. It culminated with a message of acceptance of modernisation as the South American nation embraces moving forward through sport.
As each country marched past the almost thousands in the crowd, there were tumultuous roars of support for the athletes.
Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach and Carlos Neuhaus, the organising committee president officially launched the games.
Neuhaus capped it off when he said, “Lima has become the new sports capital of the Americas.”
The spectacular opening show culminated with Luis Fonsi, of Despacito fame, performing in a mini concert.
The forty one countries will feature athletes in thirty nine disciplines.
Host country Peru has the largest contingent but traditional athletic powerhouses United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil also have massive representation.