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Central American and Caribbean Fire arrived tonight to illuminate the best games in history

Tonight, the Central American and Caribbean Fire arrived at the San Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez airport from Mexico to light the San Salvador 2023 Games, which begin in just 17 days.

The arrival took place just hours after the Central American and Caribbean Fire was lit at the Basamento Escalonado de la Luna in the Archaeological Zone of Teotihuacan, an event attended by Yamil Bukele, president of COSSAN2023; Luis Mejia, president of Centro Caribe Sports; Armando Bruni, president of the Olympic Committee of El Salvador; and authorities of the Olympic Committee of Mexico.

The New Fire arrived in El Salvador in the hands of the president of COSSAN2023, will spend the night at the airport, and tomorrow will begin its journey to San Luis Talpa, La Paz.

“Today in Mexico, we were given the flame, which means discipline and passion. Today, the flame lands in San Luis Talpa to begin its journey tomorrow,” said Bukele as he handed the torch to archery athletes Roberto Hernandez and Sofia Paiz.

“We invite all Salvadorans to experience this top-level sporting event, to support our athletes, and to demonstrate that we can achieve great goals as a country,” said Bruni.

The kindling of the New Fire is an ancient Mesoamerican ritual that marked the end of one cycle in the Mesoamerican calendar and the beginning of a new one.

After San Luis Talpa, the flame will move on to Surf City, in La Libertad, where it will spend the night before leaving for Sonsonate and then taking the route to Nahuizalco, Salcoatitán, Juayúa, Apaneca, Ataco, and Ahuachapán.

The fire of the games will continue its course to Santa Ana, Chalatenango, Cabañas, Cuscatlán, Usulután, Morazán, San Miguel, La Unión, and La Paz. Then it will go to Nuevo Cuscatlán, Soyapango, until it ends at Estadio Nacional Jorge “El Mágico” González for the official lighting on June 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Luis Mejia, the president of Centro Caribe Sports, explained on the eve that the fire was lit in Mexico because it was in that nation that the games were born.

And indeed, the Mexican Olympic Society did manage to secure before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the endorsement for the creation of the Central American Games, which was sealed on July 14, 1924, in Paris. Hence, it is known as the oldest sporting event in the region.

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