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San Salvador 2023 Chiefs of Mission Seminar to begin on Friday

On Friday, April 21, representatives from 34 countries will meet in San Salvador to participate in the seminar of Chiefs of Mission for the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023.

This seminar is a prelude to the regional event that will be held in our country from June 23 to July 8, and in which international delegates will have first-hand information on the progress in the organization of the regional competition that El Salvador is holding for the third time in its history.

Each of the 18 functional areas that are part of COSSAN2023 will be presenting throughout the day the logistics used to ensure the success of San Salvador 2023 and will answer the questions of the Chiefs of Mission of the 34 countries that have confirmed their participation, except for French Guiana and Sint Maarten.

These areas are: Welcome and Opening, Sports and Venues, Sports Registration, Accreditation, Arrivals and Departures, GMS Demo, Technology, Press and Broadcast Operations, Image and Branding, Customs and Logistics, Security, Villa Centroamericana y del Caribe, Games Family, Ceremonies, Medical Services and Doping Control, NOC Relations and Services, Transportation, Nutrition, and Sub-venue Santo Domingo.

Dinora Acevedo, general director of COSSAN2023, assures that the seminar allows for measuring the level of preparation of the functional areas for the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games, which begin in little more than two months.

“It is like the first real test to pass because the functional areas are going to present to their main client how we are going to provide each of the services, be it transportation, food, lodging, etc. We have to be ready with all these processes well defined to be able to present them to the Chiefs of Mission and respond to any concerns they may have”.

Dinora Acevedo, general director of COSSAN.

The names of the Chiefs of Mission who have confirmed their participation in the seminar are:

1. José Miguel Robiou,de República Dominicana.

2. Marie-Line Rosalie, de Martinica.

3. Gail Velda Craig, de Barbados.

4. Teresita Archia Campos, de Costa Rica.

5. Ana Patricia Ruiz de Roca, de El Salvador.

6. Ana Joselina Fortín, de Honduras.

7. Daphne Marie Guzmán, de Puerto Rico.

8. José Antonio Miranda, de Cuba.

9. Rolando Enrique Cerca, de Nicaragua.

10. Joel Anderson Rayne, de Antigua y Barbuda

11. Keenneth Rudolf Vrolijk, de Aruba.

12. Joseph Andrew Smith de Bahamas.

13. Orson Leslie Butler, de Belice.

14. Jonathan Clarke, de Bermuda.

15. José Luis Echeverry, Colombia.

16. Efigenio Adriano Braafhart, de Curazao.

17. Egbert Bruno Martin, de Dominica.

18. Finton Wayne McSween, de Granada

19. Gilbert Silvere Pyree, de Guadalupe.

20. Karen Alisa Pilgrim de Guyana.

21. Fritz Gerald Fong, de Haití.

22. Shakeina Sade Bush, de Islas Caimán.

23. Desiree Leticia Miranda, de Islas Vírgenes USA.

24. Gloria Leol Fahie, de Islas Vírgenes Británicas.

25. Paulton Lloyd Augustine, de Jamaica.

26. Víctor Manuel Estrada, de México.

27. Lysbeth del Carmen Demera, de Panamá.

28. Damon Nichalas Kevin, de San Cristóbal y Nieves.

29. Chester Romel Ellison, de San Vicente y las Granadinas.

30. Cornelius Cyprian Breen, de Santa Lucía.

31. Desiré Jeanfils Eendragt, de Surinam.

32. Lovie Limya Santana, de Trinidad y Tobago.

33. Rosalie Lavern Hall, de Islas Turcas y Caicos.

34. José Gregorio Barreto, de Venezuela.

The COSSAN2023 general manager assures that all the work in the technical areas is important, as no service is more important than any other because the Chiefs of Mission are interested in all aspects..

“For me, all areas are important because I have been on the other side representing the Chiefs of Mission, and they want to know all these details about how the athletes will sleep, how the food system will be, and where they will compete, so no one issue is more relevant than another because the set of services offered must be harmonized”.

Dinora Acevedo, general director of COSSAN.

The COSSAN2023 manager has been part of the Chiefs of Mission team at two Olympic Games (Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004) and two Pan American Games (Rio 2017 and Guadalajara 2011).

The program of activities of the Chiefs of Mission includes tours of sports venues and the Villa Centroamericana y del Caribe, which will accommodate the athletes during the San Salvador 2023 Games.

In Acevedo’s opinion, these tours are important because the Chiefs of Mission can see firsthand the progress made in the construction of the buildings to be used in the games, but also because they can make their final observations given their experience in the field.

“We are a little more than two months away from the games, and, suddenly, there will be Chiefs of Mission who, after seeing the Sports Villa, may have some feedback in saying that they prefer their delegation to stay in a certain building; they may have a series of requests; they may tell us to pay attention to a detail, because most of them have experience as Chiefs of Mission, and, in fact, I think many of them came from the seminar in Santiago, and it is impossible that with the experience they have, they do not make any notes on some point where they think we should be careful,” Acevedo added.

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