Saint Lucia’s Peterkin at Panam Sports meeting in Grenada

By Terry Finisterre

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(SNO) – Grenada is presently home to the second meeting of the Panam Sports (formerly, PASO) Executive Committee of 2018.

The progress of Lima 2019, the inauguration of the renovated Grenada Olympic Committee headquarters and the reports of the President and Secretary General are included in the agenda.

The main objective of selecting Grenada is to understand the different realities of each country of the 41 members of the Panam Sports family, as well as seek out destinations that have never hosted activities or events of the Pan American Sports Organization.

With this in mind, Panam Sports President Neven Ilic spoke with Veda Bruno-Victor, Secretary General of the Granada NOC, about the possibility of hosting the EC at the previous meeting held in Lima in March, which she happily welcomed.

Grenada is also the birth nation of former Saint Lucia Olympic Committee President and International Olympic Committee Member, Richard Peterkin. Mr. Peterkin was elected Treasurer of Panam Sports in 2017, and he is in St. George’s at present for the EC meeting.

“We are happy to be able to take Panam Sports to the Caribbean. Many members of the Executive Committee have never been there, do not know the island or the sporting reality of that country. So what better way than to go there and meet in this destination where we know they are waiting for us with open arms and are happy to receive us,” says President Neven Ilic.

“There are different topics that we will deal with in this meeting. It will be a long but very fruitful day. I will present my report of the work we have accomplished in recent months, putting much emphasis on the follow-up that we are doing with Lima 2019. We will also review our administrative structures, the important support that we are giving to the NOCs of the continent and the important programs that we are already doing in various countries in terms of infrastructure development, training camps and other factors that directly benefit our athletes,” added Ilic.

The Executive Committee will also be accompanied by Lima 2019 Organizing Committee (COPAL) President Carlos Neuhaus and Director of Operations Carlos Manuel Lazarte. The Lima 2019 leaders will present a report at the end of the meeting with a complete update of the progress of the Peruvian capital in terms of infrastructure and operations and the steps to follow over the coming months.

The trip to Grenada will be capitalized by the inauguration of the revitalized Grenada Olympic Committee, which was financed with resources provided by Panam Sports.

The event is scheduled for Friday, June 15 and will be attended by the highest authorities of Panam Sports, the Grenada NOC as well as the Minister of Youth, Sports, Culture and Arts of Granada, Senator The Hon. Norland Cox.

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