Following the inauguration of the Pan American Village in Santiago, Chile’s President Gabriel Boric declared “we are motivated and ready” to welcome athletes.
Just over a month before the Pan American Games open on October 20, the Cerrillos housing complex in the southwest of Santiago has been completed.
The Pan American and Parapan American Games will house more than 8,000 athletes at the Village.
After the Games, it will become housing for 1,355 families after just under a year of construction.
In addition to Boric, Santiago 2023 executive director Harold Mayne Nicholls, Chilean athletes and members of the Cerrillos community attended the inauguration.
Boric toured the apartment and common areas before cutting the ribbon.
“This is a new starting point for what the Pan American and Parapan American Games are going to be, but we are also inaugurating a village in Cerrillos that is a project that will leave a legacy,” said Boric.
“This was built in 21 months, it has integration spaces.
“There will be athletes from all countries here, and we have many reasons to be forge brotherhood amongst the countries.
“We are motivated and ready.
“The energy of the Pan American and Parapan American Games is contagious, and it will inject an optimism into the country that does us too much good.
“There are only five weeks left until all of Chile is united by the same flag and we celebrate the beginning of this continental celebration.”
“We are very happy to be here,” said Caram.
“We had the tremendous luck to be inside the departments, to tour the Pan American Village and it really shows that this place is going to be a tremendous meeting point for all athletes on the continent.
“We are very eager to come live in this villa.
“We have little left and we are ready.”
From November 17 to 26, the Parapan American Games will follow the Pan American Games.