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Cuba marches amidst ovations at the opening ceremony of 2021 Junior Pan Games in Cali

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 26 (ACN) Cuba once again paraded through the Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium in this city. Fifty years ago it was fighting to reach the top of the 6th Pan American Games. Today it competes to conquer new successes in the 1st Junior Pan American Games. Two different times, two different generations, but a clear common goal in the revolutionary sport.

The party began with the Colombian national anthem, followed by the sound of marimbas and tumbadoras, and led to the parade of the 41 national delegations present there.

Dressed in red, white and blue sportswear, like the Cuban flag, the Cuban delegation entered the stadium amid applause and cheers, as a sign of support and recognition. Joy and enjoyment marked the passage of athletes, coaches and directors.

Juan Carley Vazquez, world youth athletics champion, and diver Anisley Garcia, queen of the Central American Caribbean Games in Barranquilla 2018 and member of the mixed team that won the first gold medal of this event on Thursday, carried the national flag in front.

The anthems of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Pan American Sports Organization (Panam Sports) were heard with emotion shortly after, and in no time at all a traditional party was held to remember the roots of the Cali and Valle de Cauca culture.

Neven Ilic, president of Panam Sports, thanked the authorities of Cali, Valle del Cauca and Colombia for making this project a reality, focused on the adolescents and youth of the Americas. He highlighted the triumphs over different obstacles and told the athletes that everything done was dedicated to them and their future.

The nation's Minister of Sports, Guillermo Herrera, officially opened the Games and welcomed all the athletes and delegations present.

The musical closing was in charge of the talented artists Fanny Lu, Andy Caicedo, Herencia de Timbiqui and Willy Garcia. Best Salsa as a culmination.

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