America's greatest: Lima 2019 Parapan American Games.
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
The best para athletes of countries governed by the Americas Paralympic Committee, competing in one event. The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games are underway and it promises to be an amazing sporting event. This event is the parasport equivalent of the Pan American Games and will be hosted by Lima, the Peruvian capital, between 23 August and 1 September.
What are the Parapan American Games?
The Parapan American Games are a multi-sport event comparable to the Paralympic Games, however the Parapan American Games are exclusively for Para athletes countries governed by the Americas Paralympic Committee. Just like the Paralympic Games, these games are held every four years. This edition of the event will feature 17 sports. New to the list are badminton, shooting and taekwondo, whilst archery has been removed from the list.
How did they begin?
The first Parapan American Games where held in Mexico City in 1999 where 1,000 athletes from 18 countries competed. Ever since that first edition the games have been held every four years. From 2007 the Parapan American Games have been hosted by the same city as the Pan American Games.
Which countries compete the Parapan American Games?
The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games will host 1890 athletes from 33 countries, which is 290 more athletes and 5 more countries than the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games hosted. Examples of competing countries are: Peru, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Which athletes should you watch out for?
USA Wheelchair Basketball women
The United States are unquestionably the number one basketball country in the world. Also in wheelchair basketball the American women’s team has been rather strong in the past years. After winning gold at both the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, there will be quite some pressure on the shoulders of the reigning champions.
Akeem Stewart, Trinidad & Tobago, athletics
He has won a lot, but is not done yet; Trinidad & Tobago’s Akeem Stewart has been very succesful in the throwing events. The man who took the gold home for both the javelin and discus event at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games, has won several other (gold) medals at world championships and Paralympic Games.
André Brasil, Brazil, Swimming
Everywhere this man goes this man wins medals, multiple medals. He has been doing it for over a decade now and he doesn’t seem to be satisfied yet. At the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, Brasil won a mesmerising amount of six gold medals. At his home Games in Rio 2016 het kept four gold medals at home. It is no question that this man is one to watch, but is there anyone who can challenge him?
Where can you find out more about the Parapan American Games?
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