Harold Mayne-Nicholls and Nicole Sáez are cards to assume in Santiago 2023

The resignation of Gianna Cunazza as executive director generated an “earthquake” within the corporation that organizes the Pan American and Parapan American Games that begin in less than five months.

It was a very hectic Friday within the Santiago 2023 Corporation that organizes the Pan American and Parapan American Games that begin in just under five months. Executive Director Gianna Cunazzawho will be in office until Tuesday, June 6, resigned after a series of questions about his management.

Her high salary, which exceeds 9 million pesos, and the blocking of funds from the National Sports Institute (IND) by not paying the amounts delivered in previous months on time, had the former handball player in the eye of The authorities.

After a meeting with the Ministry of Sports (Mindep) led by Jaime Pizarro, Cunazza decided to resign after taking office in 2022 after the departure of Felipe de Pablo.

“In this year and two months of management we have made significant progress. We went from 150 to almost 1,000 workers, we achieved 100% budget execution in 2022, a top-level professional team was formed, we developed a strategic plan and a legacy plan that will allow this event to leave a mark for our country , we were able to award almost 90% of the tenders necessary to run the Games, we managed to have a group of nearly 30,000 volunteers, and we made significant progress in the democratization and decentralization of the sport, thanks to the definition of a venue plan that will reach different sectors of the country”, he wrote to the work teams of the Games.

Candidates to take office in Santiago 2023

In the midst of this problem, Mindep must hurry to fill this vacancy that Gianna Cunazza leaves with her resignation. As far as he could find out THE DYNAMO With sources within the Santiago 2023 Corporation and the ministry, there are two candidates who are gaining strength in the face of the goodbye of the executive director.

One of them is Harold Mayne-Nicholls. The former president of the National Professional Football Association (ANFP) and former vice president of Blanco y Negro (ByN), the concessionaire that manages Colo Colo, has support among the authorities that will decide.

another letter is Nicole Saez. Her four-year experience as Sports Undersecretary also positions her as an important figure who could assume the executive direction of the event that is considered the most important in the history of Chile after the 1962 Soccer World Cup.


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