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University to Process Pan Am Athletes

Published: May 24, 2003

The University of Tampa will serve as the processing center for all American athletes bound for the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Processing will include all medical screening, apparel fitting, luggage checks, passport checks, inoculations and official photos.


Pan Am Games officials will move into a temporary office in Vaughn Center on July 22, in preparation for the arrival of the athletes and screening volunteers on July 25. In all, more than 700 athletes will be processed, the largest delegation in the 2003 Games.


U.S. athletes will compete in archery, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, bowling, boxing, canoeing/kayaking, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football (soccer), gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), hockey, judo, karate, modern pentathlon, racquetball, roller sports, rowing, sailing, shooting, softball, squash, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, team handball, tennis, triathlon, volleyball (indoor and beach), water polo, water skiing, weightlifting and wrestling.


Officials and visiting athletes will be housed at the Vaughn Center, where all the processing will take place. Screening personnel will consist largely of volunteers from the Tampa Bay community.


The American delegation is managed and organized by the United States Olympic Committee. USOC previously made Tampa its athlete-screening center for the Pan Am Games in Cuba in 1991, and for the Olympic Summer Games of 1992 in Barcelona, Spain. The University was the official screening site both years.


More than 40 nations in North and South America, Central America and the Caribbean participate in the Pan American Games, which have been held every four years since 1951. The 2003 games will be held August 1-17.

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