By David Owen

José Quiñones will remain in his position as President of the Peruvian Olympic Committee ©PASODoubts over the tenure of José Quiñones at the head of the Peruvian Olympic Committee (COP) have seemingly been swept aside, after the COP President received the unanimous support of his country's national sports federations at an Extraordinary General Assembly.

The meeting refused to accept Quiñones's offer to resign from his unpaid COP post, in effect handing one of Latin American sport's most charismatic figures a mandate to continue spearheading his country's ambitious drive to use sport to lift its international profile.

Afterwards, Quiñones told insidethegames: "I am happy to say that I will do my best to deserve this support from the National Federations.

"I was elected to serve our National Federations and their athletes.

"Today I renovated my commitment of working for their development."

While it lost out last week to Birmingham, Alabama in the race for the 2021 World Games, the Peruvian capital Lima is to stage both the 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games and the 2017 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session - an event that will include the announcement of the host city for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and could hence be attended by the United States President.

Lima will now continue their preparation to host the 2019 Pan American Games ©WikipediaLima will now continue their preparation to host the 2019 Pan American Games

Quiñones had offered to resign this month just before allegations of embezzlement were levelled at the COP by a Peruvian Congressman.

COP quickly rebutted the allegations in a lengthy statement on its website, arguing essentially that money was used for legitimate - and beneficial - sporting purposes.

One upshot of the confusion engendered by this situation is that the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) has announced plans to embark on a fact-finding mission to Lima to check on progress in preparations for the 2019 event.

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