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