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Lima 2019: Peruvian delegation enters Parapan American Village

Photo: Lima 2019

Photo: Lima 2019

11:15 | Lima, Aug. 18.

Peruvian Para athletes entered the Parapan American Village in Villa el Salvador district, where they will be staying during the competitions at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games.

Their faces showed the excitement of the moment, and the cold weather of Lima could not dampen their happiness.

Being part of the largest multi-sport event in the Americas is a feeling that will always remain in the hearts of these life champions.

Peruvian sportsmen and women will compete with the most talented Para athletes in the continent, but nothing and no one can stop their dream of bringing thousands of Peruvians together for 11 days.

"The moment we have been waiting for has come. Entering the Parapan American Village makes us feel the spirit of the Games, and we are happy to live this incredible experience in our country," Para swimmer 'Juancito' Leon stated.

Friends and relatives headed to the National Sports Village (VIDENA) to say goodbye before Peru's Para athletes left for the Parapan American Village. 

"It feels good when people look out for you. This is a group of happy people, and we will do our best for our country," said Para athlete Carlos Felipa and Para cyclist Israel Hilario while receiving affection from the people.

The Parapan American Games will gather 1,890 Para athletes from 33 countries, who will participate in 17 Para sports and 18 disciplines.

In this sense, the event will take place from August 23 to September 1, 2019.

Additionally, 13 sports will be qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The Peruvian delegation will be composed of 139 Para athletes who will compete in 16 of the 17 sports. 

The majority of Inca country's representatives will play in sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball (24 participants in each one). 

The rest will compete in boccia (4), football 5 (10), football 7 (14), goalball (12), judo (1), para athletics (14), para badminton (10), para cycling (2), para swimming (4), para powerlifting (4), para taekwondo (4), para table tennis (4), wheelchair tennis (5), and shooting para sport (3). 

(END) MCP/RMB/MVB

Published: 8/17/2019
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