Sofía Mulánovich, left, has been appointed as an ambassador for the 2019 Pan American Games ©Lima 2019

The Lima 2019 Organising Committee have announced that surfing world champion Sofía Mulánovich has become an ambassador for the 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games.

The announcement was made in the presence of Lima 2019 President Carlos Neuhaus at the Waikiki Surf Club in the Peruvian capital.

As part of her ambassadorial role, Mulánovich's tasks will include spreading the benefits and legacy of the Lima 2019 Games nationally and internationally, supporting and participating in campaigns and initiatives, promoting the event through social media and wearing Lima 2019 branded clothing.

Along with her new position, Mulánovich will be looking to qualify for the Games, where surfing has been included on the programme for the first time before its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

The Peruvian expressed her pride at her new ambassadorial role.

"I am honoured to be appointed as an ambassador for the Games and would like to thank the Lima 2019 Organising Committee for this opportunity," she said.

"As an athlete, it is very important that I fight for my qualification to be a part of Games.

"I am going to give my all to make these Games a success and will work very hard to be involved as an athlete, as well as an ambassador."

Surfing will be included on the Pan American Games itinerary for the first time in Lima ©Getty Images
Surfing will be included on the Pan American Games itinerary for the first time in Lima ©Getty Images

Neuhaus added: "The Lima 2019 Games will be a very important event for Peru and the Games have the opportunity to leave a legacy where our country is seen as a key destination for global sporting events in years to come.

"Surfing's popularity has grown considerably in recent years and is no longer perceived as an elitist sport.

"For Lima 2019, it is an honour to have surfing champion Sofía Mulánovich as an ambassador for the Games.

"We are delighted that she has returned to the sport to try to qualify for the inaugural surfing competition at the Pan American Games."

Neuhaus also confirmed that building projects for the Games remain on schedule and stated that 95 per cent of the infrastructure should be completed by March 2019.

Lima 2019 is due to take place from July 26 to August 11.