Aga Khan Park welcomes the Pan Am flame for its inaugural event
Salza Kassam/TheIsmaili.org – 24 July 2015
Thousands of visitors came out to see the Pan Am flame light up the Aga Khan Park at its inaugural event held on 5 July. Reflections — Celebrating our Cultures and Communities united the spirit of the Pan Am Games with a Silk Road theme.
Leila Keshavjee, a young member of Toronto’s Ward 26 community, carried the flame, which represents the history and spirit of the Pan American Games — a major international sporting event held every four years among the nations of the Americas. This summer, Toronto is hosting the games.
“I am honoured to be selected as the Pan Am flame bearer and to be part of the first event of the Aga Khan Park,” said Keshavjee. “This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity fuses my passion for sport with my love for the park.”
Before the arrival of the flame at dusk, the visitors delighted in sights, sounds and flavours inspired by the Silk Road — a network of trade routes that for centuries connected India and China to the Mediterranean Sea. These ancient pathways also enabled cultural interaction between the Eastern and Western worlds, playing a vital role in the development of many civilisations.