Chicago is excited
Two-hundred-eighty athletes from 22 countries are preparing to compete in the Pan-Am weightlifting championship at the UIC forum. Among them, the Cuban women’s team, which is competing for the first time in the United States.
Tickets are free with the hope that enthusiastic crowds will send the message that Chicago is excited about hosting an Olympic-caliber competition. The weightlifting tournament is among several events Chicago’s Olympic bid team will be hosting this summer.
Currently, 22 countries are attending the event:
Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, The United States, and Venezuela.