The President of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, was unfortunately unable to declare The World Games 2013 Cali open on 25 July. Health problems kept him from travelling to the host city, and Vice President Angelino Garzón had the honour of welcoming the sporting world and inaugurating the games then.
One week later, a recovered President Santos put in an appearance at The World Games, congratulating the Colombian athletes as well as the organisers for their respective achievements, and expressing the central government's gratitude with a generous gesture. One that will enhance the city's reputation as "World Capital of Salsa" even further. Keep on dancing, Cali!
In a press conference held at the International Media Centre he singled out the Salsa gold medallists Adriana Ávila - Jéfferson Benjumea as "role models for young Colombians" and pledged the govrenment's financial support for the construction of a "bailodromo" - a dedicated venue for DanceSport - in Cali.