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The Opening Ceremony of the 16th Pan American Games, Guadalajara 2011, Mexico, the most important sport event in the Americas and the Caribbean was held on Friday, October 14, 2011, at 7:00p.m. (Belize time). The Mexican Embassy has invited the Belizean public to enjoy the games and take note that Belize will be represented in the games.

The Belizean Delegation, which includes athletes such as Tricia Flores and Charnelle Enriquez, along with other 41 country delegations, will compete in the event. Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games will include 36 different sports in 43 venues. The participation of 5,900 athletes, 2,000 delegates, 10,000 volunteers, 1.2 million spectators and 1,600 news reporters will make this event a unique one.

According to the Belize Olympic Committee, the Belize Delegation of athletes listed below will be partaking in the following categories:
 
Julia McCord – Women’s 200 Meter Race
Tricia Flores – Women’s Long Jump
Kay-de Vaughn – Women’s Triple Jump
Charnelle Enriquez – Women’s 100 meter
 
Jorge Jimenez – Men’s 200 Meter Race
Jervis Myvette – Men’s 100 Meter Race
Linford Avila – Men’s High Jump
Kenneth Brackett – Men’s Long Jump
Jason Jones – Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles
Kenneth Medwood – Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles
 
Both the male and female athletes will compete in the 4 x 100 meter relay and the 4 x 400 meter relay

Belizeans are also invited to travel to Guadalajara to attend this spectacular two-week event. Mexico has made ??great efforts to create the appropriate image for this Pan-American city and the different co-host venues. It has built necessary sport infrastructure, made improvements in roads and advanced in services. It was necessary to build 23 stadiums equipped with the latest technology, renew three existing and borrow three private sports complexes.

In the service sector, Guadalajara, the capital city of the Mexican state of Jalisco, increased 30% its hotel infrastructure, growing from 16,000 to 21,000 hotel rooms, increasing the state’s capacity and allowing Jalisco to receive 500,000 visitors.

The Pan American Games and Special Games Guadalajara 2011 will have global coverage through television and on the internet.

Jalisco is leader in Latina America and Mexico of the interactive media industry by hosting over 650 high-tech companies. It is also leader in semiconductor design, software development, multimedia systems and database management, generating more than 85,000 highly skilled jobs.

Jalisco is considered the most exemplifying state of Mexico. It has a wide variety of natural and urban landscapes such as beaches, agricultural lands and mountains. It provides its visitors with memorable experiences by sharing its cultural histories and modern flare. Its capital, Guadalajara is the second largest and most modern city in Mexico.

For more details about the games, the venues and tourist information, visit the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games web site: http://www.guadalajara2011.org.mx/eng/01_inicio/index.asp

Gymnastics stadium at Pan American Games 2011Stadium at Pan American Games 2011

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