Pan American Games begin – level 3
It may not have the same worldwide fame as the Olympic Games, but the Pan American Games certainly knows how to do an opening ceremony. Organisers of the 2015 Toronto’s Pan American Games stepped back in time in Mexico on Monday with the lighting ceremony at the famed Teotihuacan pyramids.
On the outskirts of Mexico City, the chairman of the games’ organising committee, David Peterson, watched as danzantes in ancient dress initiated the torch relay for the Pan Ams, with the lighting ceremony at the base of the mighty Pyramid of the Sun.
The torch’s journey will move on to Canada, for the 41-day journey of the flame that will see thousands of people cover over 5,000 kilometres on the way to Toronto.
More than 7,000 athletes from across the Americas and Caribbean will take part in the 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Para Pan Am sports at a tournament in Toronto.
Difficult words: chairman (a person in the position of authority), danzante (an Aztec Indian word for dancer), ancient (very old), initiate (to start), torch relay (an event during in which a ceremonial torch is carried on a route), mighty (great and big).
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