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Pan Am Games Update June 2011

05 | 30 | 2011

143 days to go

Guadalajara Reporter, Friday, May 27 2011

Former world number one golfer Lorena Ochoa returned home to Guadalajara this week to give a conference on “discipline and consistency as a base for sporting achievement.”Pan Am 143 days

As an ambassador for the city’s upcoming Pan American Games, she stressed the need for everyone in the city to be positive about the event and transmit the joy that the continental sporting festival will bring to millions of people.

Jalisco Governor Emilio Gonzalez (left) was on hand to sing Ochoa’s praises, saying she “projects cleanliness and purity, which there isn’t much of in today’s society.” Now retired from the LPGA Tour for more than a year, Ochoa is expecting her first child later in the year. She lives full-time in Mexico City with her husband, the chief executive of the Aeromexico airline.

Opening ceremony tickets snapped up within days

Guadalajara Reporter, Friday, May 20 2011

Tickets for the Pan American Games went on sale though Ticketmaster’s online and telephone service May 13 and while sales for the sports events have been slow,  the opening ceremony virtually sold out within days. Ticket prices for the ceremony began at 560 pesos and rose to 3,500 pesos.  Only the higher cost tickets are still available.  A maximum of ten tickets could be purchased per credit card transaction, and organizers admit there is no way of knowing how many will find their way into the hands of scalpers.

The ceremony takes place Friday, October 14, 8 p.m. at the Omnilife Stadium.

Canadian stars to light up games

Guadalajara, Reporter Friday, May 20 2011

Unlike the United States, Canada will be bringing its best athletes to the Pan American Games in Guadalajara in October.

Jacques CardynJacques Cardyn is Canada’s Chef de Mission for the games. He represented Canada in fencing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Many will be hoping to seal a place in the 2012 London Olympics, says Jacques Cardyn, Canada’s Chef de Mission for the games.

Canada will also have one of the largest delegations – more than 800 people, including 500 competitors.

Cardyn, the former fencing great and Olympian, this week completed a three-day visit to the city to check on advances for the October 14-30 games.

He said the facilities in Guadalajara were first class and expected a sensational event.

Officers from the Canadian Mounted Police have accompanied Cardyn on some of his visits to Guadalajara to check on security arrangements.  He told reports this week that he believes there will be no problems during the games.

In 1985 Cardyn retired from competition after ten years with the national team but remained closely connected to fencing and Canadian sport. He was a coach, team leader and high performance director with the Canadian Fencing Federation. Cardyn helped lead the national fencing team into many major events including the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, the Mar del Plata 1995 Pan American Games and both the 1991 and 1997 World Championships.

Torch relay to pass through Chapala

Guadalajara Reporter, Friday, May 20 2011

The Pan American Games torch will be carried through the streets of Chapala just two days before the event begins on October 14. The torch relay will start its 50-day journey through all 32 Mexican states on August 26 at the emblematic ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan outside Mexico City.  As many as 3,500 runners will get the chance to carry the torch on its 14,800-kilometer ride across Mexico.

The torch is slated to arrive in Puerto Vallarta on October 9, visit Colima on October 10, Ciudad Guzman on October 11, Chapala on October 12, Lagos de Moreno on October 13 and Guadalajara on October 14, where it will be carried in traditional style into the opening ceremony at the Omnilife Stadium.

The torch relay is being sponsored by local nutritions supplement (multi-level marketing) company Grupo Omnilife, whose owner Jorge Vergara also owns the Chivas soccer team and Omnilife Stadium.   More than 200 Omnilife high achievers will serve as torchbearers.  How the rest will be selected is still unclear.

According to Grupo Omnilife-Chivas director Angelica Fuentes (Vergara’a wife), the company’s principles “completely coincide” with the three key elements of the games: “physical health, fair play and brotherly competition.”

The green, blue and white torch will be shaped in the form of agave plant leaves, say Pan American Games officials.

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