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Sailing ITD praises the stage and the work made by COSSAN2023

As part of the visits that the International Technical Delegates are making to inspect the different venues that will host the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023, El Salvador received Pat Bailey, from sailing, this week.

Bailey, who came from the U.S. Virgin Islands, took advantage of his stay to hold a meeting on Thursday morning with the staff of the Infrastructure and Sports areas of the San Salvador 2023 Organizing Committee (COSSAN2023) and with Rodrigo Colorado, president of the Salvadoran Sailing Federation (Fesavela), to review the competition manuals and other important technical aspects.

In the afternoon, the whole team visited Centro Recreativo Apulo, in Ilopango Lake, where the best sailors of the region will compete from June 24th to July 1st.

The delegate was surprised by the waters of the lake, which is 72 square kilometers in size. “It is a very beautiful place, one of the best I have seen in my 40-year career. This place is ideal for this event, with the trees, the wind for the athletes, and the beach for the boats.”

Bailey also predicted a high-level competition during the games since it will be the first time that the Central American and Caribbean Games will also help athletes to qualify for the Pan American Games.

“This will be the first time that these Games (Central American and Caribbean) are qualifiers for the Pan American Games, and that’s why I’m sure there will be many countries bringing their top sailors to earn a spot for the Pan American Games”, he commented.

Regarding the work made by COSSAN2023, Bailey also praised the efforts, especially with the brief time the organization has been given: “They are making an excellent job, and now they are making the work of four years in one. This group is making miracles”.

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