January 13, 2015

LIMA, Peru (AP) The Pan American Sports Organization is supporting the Peruvian Olympic Committee's preparations for the 2019 Pan American Games despite an alleged misappropriation of funds by the committee.

In a statement late Monday, the Latin American sports body said it had ''complete confidence'' the Peruvian Olympic Committee would deliver the Pan American Games, an Olympic-style event held every four years. It said it would visit Lima soon on a fact-finding mission.

A Peruvian legislator alleged last week that the committee had misappropriated $500,000. President Jose Quinones has denied the allegation, but offered to resign.

Quinones said in a radio interview Monday that Peru was ''ready and capable'' of organizing the event. Peru is to spend about $700 million on the games.

The 2015 Pan American Games will be held in Toronto.

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