Bayrakdarian sings the Canadian national anthem at the closing ceremony of the Pan Am games
Bayrakdarian sings the Canadian national anthem at the closing ceremony of the Pan Am games –
(Photo by Ishkhan Ghazarian)
A smorgasbord of dance, song, and theatrical performances capped off the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Sunday, July 26, inside Rogers Centre.
The night got started with a rendition of O Canada sung by Armenian born, Toronto raised Grammy nominated opera singer Isabel Bayrakdarian, while RCMP officers raised the flag.
Mayor John Tory was on hand to pass the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) flag to Lima, Peru Mayor Luis Castaneda, in a symbolic passing of the Games to the next host city, which will welcome the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in exactly four years starting July 26, 2019.
The Games hosted 6,132 athletes representing 41 countries from the Americas, marking the largest multi-sport event hosted in Canada, in terms of athletes competing. A record of 45% of competitors were women, the most ever for any multi-sport event.
VIDEO – Watch Bayrkdarian sing at 1:55