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Finally, Concepción and not Santiago will host the Pan American Athletics U20 Championship, one of the three events on the calendar of the Pan American Athletics Association (APA) scheduled for this year, which will take place from October 22 to 24.
It is the second time that the event, which has been held since 1980, takes place in Chile, after the Santiago ’95 edition, and the authorities hope to have junior athletes from all the federations on the continent.
The president of APA, Marcos Oviedo, asked the athletic authorities of America to be attentive to the logistics involved in changing the host city, and other details such as the visa for those countries that require this procedure to enter Chile.
“(The country) just began to open its borders as a result of the pandemic,” Oviedo said in a statement distributed among the federations affiliated with APA. “Please check with your travel agencies to plan your flights in advance. For countries that require an entry visa, the Chilean consulates in some countries are still closed. Please consult the Chilean diplomatic authorities in your countries on this matter.”
Oviedo added that the Chilean Athletics Federation, chaired by Juan Carlos Carter, “is working with its Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that all Chilean consulates receive notification of the event and facilitate this process.”
The president reiterated the importance of the participation of all the countries and recalled that an intermediate congress will be held during the event, so it is necessary that the national teams nominate their delegates, “or you, the presidents, are directly present.”
The APA technical delegate, Giovanni Cardona, drew up the Equipment Manual, available here, according to which each country may register a maximum of two athletes and one relay per event, all born between 2002 and 2005, although youth category athletes (2004 and 2005) can only participate in a maximum of two events.
Numerical registrations must be made no later than September 24, while for the final registration there will be a deadline until October 1st. The registration forms were sent to all the countries of the continent.