The opening ceremony had place in Guadalajara Omnilife Stadium. The personalities who did use the word were the president of PASO Mario Vazquez Raña, thegovernor of the state of Jalisco Emilio Gonzalez Marquez, and president of Republic Felipe Calderon Hinojosa gave inaugurate the sports tournament.
The program included musical artists Vicente Fernandez,who sang the National Anthem. The lighting of the incense burner was in charge of the diver Paola Espinoza, who was preceded by Enriqueta Basilio, Alberto Valdés Ramos y María del Rosario Espinoza.This fair was attended by 42 American countries, and the presence of 6003 athletes, including more than 600 athletes belonging to the Mexican delegation.
The lighting ceremony ofthe Pan American fire, or torch of the XVI Pan American Games began on August 26 at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, and from there toured different cities of Mexico until arrivingat Guadalajara on 14 October, the day the opening of the games.
The theme of the torch is inspired by the Agave plant, and appears to the shape of their leaves, green with shades of blue and white metal. Itmeasures 70 cm tall and weighs 1.5 kg, which includes the gas cartridge that lasts 12 minutes.
FIRST PANAMERICAN GAMES
The first Pan American be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1951. Thesegames were attended by over 2,500 athletes from 21 American nations. It was the first and only time Argentina was in first place medals.
The locations where were performed the PanAmerican fair Guzman, Tlaquepaque, Lagos de Moreno, Chapala, Puerto Vallarta, Zapopan and Tapalpa.
The competitions gave began on October 15, receiving the same day the first medal for Mexico inthe field of cycling being the silver. Kept coming after more gold, silver and bronze medals for Mexico in the different disciplines
The medal for Mexico finished with 42 gold...