* Since 1979, countries have been designing figures and mascots to represent them in continental competitions.* Lima 2019 is looking a mascot that will represent it for the Pan American and Parapan American Games.Lima is very excited for the new Mascot that will identify the XVIII Pan American Games and Sixth Parapan American Games whose contest will close on Ma...
* Since 1979, countries have been designing figures and mascots to represent them in continental competitions.
* Lima 2019 is looking a mascot that will represent it for the Pan American and Parapan American Games.
Lima is very excited for the new Mascot that will identify the XVIII Pan American Games and Sixth Parapan American Games whose contest will close on May 30, among more than a thousand designs that are being presented so far.
The idea is that the Mascot represents the identity and history of the capital of the country, it must also have a name that is easy to remember as it will form part of sport history around the world. But it is good to remember that it was in 1979, when the Pan American Sports Organization (ODEPA) decided that all Pan American countries must have a mascot that identifies it.
San Juan (Puerto Rico), was the first city to be presented to the world with a mascot that was quickly adopted by the villagers as their own and is still in the memory of many Pan American sports followers.
The one thing that that all Games have shared throughout is that they have chosen representative animals as their mascots for all 13 competitions. Even in Guadalajara 2011, there were three animals that identified the Games. In Lima, designers had the option of choosing an animal, plant, person, animated object or any other thing related to Lima, Peru.
Among the animals used were toads, different birds, a lion, porcupine, sea lions, manatees, and many others.
This is how mascots have evolved over the long history of the Pan American Games:
Pan American Games in San Juan 1979
It was the first city with a mascot. It was named "Coqui" and was a common toad, native of Puerto Rico. The people living there said that this type of animal could not live in any other place.
Pan American Games in Caracas 1983
It was held in the capital of Venezuela. The mascot as a lion named "Santiaguito", an homage to the city's first name after being founded by the Spanish: Santiago de León de Caracas.
Pan American Games in Indianapolis 1987
These games were held in the American city of Indianapolis, the organizers decided to baptize their mascot with the name of "Amigo". It was a parrot, which is a typical bird of the Americas. The name was inspired by the spirit of friendship and unity of the people from around the continent, according to said organization at the time.
Pan American Games in Havana 1991
In Cuba, the people mixed two names to identify the Mascot of their Games. The Cubans named it "Tocopan", which was a mixture of "Tocororo" (which is the national bird of Cuba and has the colors of its flag), with Pan American. There was a large emphasis place on the bird's shape and it wore a traditional Cuban hat.
Pan American Games in Mar del Plata 1995
The city of Mar del Plata had the great idea of choosing a sea lion, which is very commonly seen in this part of Argentina. That mascot was named 'Lobi'. It was portrayed with open arms and was a form of invitation to attend the competitions.
Pan American Games in Winnipeg 1999
The competition arrived to Canada, where it was decided, for the first time in the history of the competition, to choose two mascots to identify their Games. They were a parrot and a duck, both chosen by the Canadian people. The first one was called 'Cotorrita Panamericana', which was a parrot that seemed skillful, adventurous and funny. The other was the American 'Duck', which is a kind of Florida Duck, one of the most beautiful in North America. It was athletic and highly entertaining. They were some of the most beloved mascots.
Pan American Games in Santo Domingo 2003
The people of the Dominican Republic decided to appeal to defending their ecology and decided to choose a beautiful manatee, which was and is in danger of extinction. The Dominicans decided to name this mascot, "Tito" and was chosen by popular vote. The figure also had an athletic bearing.
Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro 2007
The Brazilians decided to change the way to identify their mascot. First, they designed the mascot, which was an anthropomorphic drawing of the sun, then they launched an internet survey to find the best name for it. Among all the proposals, "Cauê" was chosen, which is a greeting in the Tupi language - one of the indigenous populations of Brazil - that means "save." 1 million 200 thousand people participated in the vote. This mascot identified the Pan American Games and the Parapan American Games.
Pan American Games in Guadalajara 2011
In the Mexican city, the Games had the largest number of mascots in the history of the continental event. Three mascots were used to identify the Games: Gavo, a blue agave originating from Tequila, Jalisco (plant from which the liquor is extracted from tequila); Leo, a lion who represented the coat of arms of Guadalajara and Huichi, a native of Tapalpa, who personified the Huichol people. The mascots were designed in a public contest and the winners won a popular vote that involved more than 15 thousand people.
Gavo was associated with mountain biking, athletics, canoeing, soccer and environmental care. Leo was identified as a volunteer, practicing boxing, swimming, and archery. Finally, Huichi, it was said that it practiced folkloric dances, artistic gymnastics, taekwondo and equestrian sports.
Pan American Games in Toronto 2015
This time the Canadian people decided to appeal to children when creating the mascot. A public competition was launched among groups of children. More than 4,000 proposals were received from all parts of the country.
The winners were the eighth graders from a school in the city of Ontario. They designed "Pachi", a porcupine that has 41 quills, one for each country that participated in the Games. The five colors used for "Pachi's" quills represented: green, youth; fuchsia, passion; blue, collaboration; orange, determination and, purple, creativity.
Now Lima 2019 waits to meet the mascot that will identify the Games. More than a thousand designs were received and there is still time to submit new drawings, until May 30. You can even win 30 thousand soles in prizes.
INFORMATION TO BE CONSIDERED
The designs will be received until May 30, the best three will be chosen. These works will be put to a popular vote through the webpage www.lima2019.pe. The vote will be carried out from June 5th to June 30th, when the winner is announced upon receiving the most votes.
There will be six organizations in charge of choosing the three finalist designs of the Mascot contest: A representative of Lima 2019 (COPAL), another of the COPAL Special Project, the Municipality of Lima, the National Major University of San Marcos, in addition to the institutes - Toulouse Lautrec and ISIL, through its schools of graphic design.
To know more about the rules or if you have any doubts, the interested parties will be able to enter the web page www.lima2019.pe/mascota, where you can find all the relevant details for this contest.