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Pan Ams Boss Vasquez Rana Hospitalized

August 3, 2003

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ Pan American Sports Organization president Mario Vasquez Rana was hospitalized with pneumonia Sunday.

Vasquez Rana’s condition was described as good by Dr. Julio Miglione, a member of PASO’s executive committee.

Vasquez Rana, a Mexican whose age has been reported as 70 and 71, was rushed to the Armed Forces Hospital after developing a fever during a morning meeting. He underwent a battery of tests, which revealed bilateral pneumonia.

``At this point, he is perfectly all right and we expect him to resume his work as president of PASO within a few days,″ Miglione said.

Jose Joaquin Puello, head of the local organizating committee for the Pan American Games, also expressed optimism about Vasquez Rana’s condition.

``There is no reason for alarm at this time,″ said Puello, also a physician. ``There is nothing that could endanger Mr. Vasquez Rana’s life.″

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