— La Sociedad Nacional de Minería, Petróleo y Energía (SNMPE) is the “Official Medal Sponsor of the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games.”

— Lima, Peru; Thursday, 11 July 2019: Produced by pure Peruvian Copper, the nearly 5,000 medals crafted for the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games by La Sociedad Nacional de Minería, Petróleo y Energía (SNMPE) will share some of the best parts of Peru’s culture to the top athletes in the Americas.

Carved into the medals are multiple designs representing the rich history of Peru through different moments. The 12-angeled stone, a national heritage object once part of a stone wall of an Inca palace, the Kuélap Fortress, a settlement in Southern Peru that sits at 3,000 feet elevation surrounded by cloud forests, and the Candelabra of the Andes, a prehistoric geoglyph dated to 200 B.C., can all be found etched into the medals.

4,981 gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top athletes competing in the Lima 2019 Pan American Games and Parapan American Games. Each medal weighs 320 grams, spans 80 mm in diameter with a 6 mm thickness, and will all be composed of a pure copper base. The breathtaking gold medals will be plated with 24 carats.

SNMPE mined every medal within Peru, ensuring that the winning athletes will receive the proud work of thousands of Peruvians who participated directly or indirectly in the mining process.

“The Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American medals are synonymous with Peruvian pride,” said Lima 2019 President Carlos Neuhaus. “The best athletes of the Americas will receive a symbol that highlights the efforts of so many of our countrymen and will be a highlight to our wonderful history.”

965 gold and silver medals will be awarded during the Pan American Games, as well as 1,098 bronze for a total of 3,028 medals. At the Parapan American Games, 617 gold and silver medals will be won, in addition to 679 bronze medals for a total of 1,913.

The Lima 2019 Pan American Games is the largest event in the history of Peru and will gather 6,680 athletes from 41 countries and delegations from the Americas. The Games will include 39 sports and 61 disciplines, in which athletes will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. 22 disciplines will be qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

There will be 17 days of competitions and ceremonies, from July 26 – August 11, 2019, which will take place in 14 districts of Lima and Callao at various venues like VIDENA, Villa María Sports Center, Callao Regional Village, Villa El Salvador Sports Center, Punta Rocas, among others.

The Parapan American Games will set a new standard for accessibility and inclusivity in Peru and will gather 1,890 Para athletes from 33 countries, participating in 17 sports and 18 disciplines. Competitions will take place from August 23 – September 1, 2019. 14 sports will be qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Panam Sports (formerly known as Pan American Sports Organization – PASO) is the governing body of the Pan American Games and its structure and actions are defined by the Olympic Charter. Panam Sports is the leader of sports and the Olympic Movement in the Americas and encourages the sports development and supports the work of its 41 National Olympic Committees members, in order to inspire more world-class performances and the next generation of athletes across our region.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the international governing body of the Paralympic Movement. Its objective is to organize the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games and to act as the International Federation of nine sports, in order to supervise and coordinate the World Championships and other competitions.

The Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) was established in August 1997 with the aim of creating a Para sport governing body for the Americas. Since 2007, the Parapan American Games are held in the same city as the Pan American Games.