The infrastructure for the 4.3bn-sol (US$1.3bn) Pan American Games, to be staged in the Peruvian capital in six weeks’ time, inched closer to completion, as the agency in charge of the event finished work on the 14th installation to date.
The Villa El Salvador sports complex, the second facility inaugurated this week, was officially handed over to the Peruvian gymnastics federation, the Lima2019 agency said. The La Videna watersports center in Lima’s San Luis district was inaugurated earlier this week.
The 90mn-sol (US$30mn), 18,700m2 facility in Lima’s Villa El Salvador district on Lima’s outskirts, which was built by Spain’s OHL, will seat 6,100 spectators.
“I never thought in my wildest dreams they would achieve such facilities,” Neven Ilic, head of franchise operator Panam Sports, said in a statement. “It’s a world-class installation, built in 12 months with the best technology.”
President Martín Vizcarra has pledged to finish work on the games ahead of the July 26 start. The 17-day event will gather 7,000 athletes from 41 countries taking part in 62 disciplines, aiming to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Chile’s Besalco and Besco of Peru are finishing up the Villa El Salvador athletes’ villa, with other contracts underway including the Callao sports center (Sacyr-Saceem) and Villa María del Triunfo infrastructure (Sacyr-Saceem).
President Vizcarra, who took office in March 2018, transferred 10bn soles (US$3bn) to regional and local governments last year to finance infrastructure projects. About a quarter of the 168bn-sol budget set for 2019 will be allocated to public infrastructure, according to the government.
In other infrastructure news, the 324mn-sol Hipólito Unanue state hospital project in the southern coastal city of Tacna is behind schedule and will require a special team of experts to accelerate work, according to comptroller Nelson Shack.
The hospital, originally set to be completed next month, is only 33% finished, Shack told state gazette El Peruano. The new Tacna hospital can only be completed when an older adjoining facility has been demolished, according to Shack.