Argentina’s athletics and Canada’s shooting and wheelchair tennis teams for Rio 2016 have been announced.
London 2012 third-placed Hernan Barreto and 2015 World Championships silver and bronze medallist Yanina Martinez will spearhead the Argentinian athletics team at Rio 2016.
Shot putters Hernan Urra and Florencia Romero, long jumpers Daniel Tataren, Jonathan Avellaneda and Aldana Ibanez, javelin thrower Karina Loyola, sprinter Nicolas Aravena, discus thrower Sergio Paz and middle-distance runner Mariano Dominguez will also compete in Rio.
Canada nominated wheelchair tennis player Philippe Bedard to be part of the delegation at September’s Paralympic Games.
“This is an amazing achievement,” he said. “I have worked extremely hard for this and now that it is official, I could not be prouder. I will represent Canada this summer in Rio with the determination and the intensity that got me there. And I will be smiling the whole way.”
This is going to be Bedard’s second Paralympic Games, after losing in the round of 32 at London 2012.
Shooter Doug Blessin has also been announced as part of Canada’s Paralympic delegation.
"After making the team for London 2012 and not finishing to my potential, I doubled my efforts and training for the next quad, determined to keep besting all of my previous results," he said.
In 2014, he was diagnosed with leukemia and Blessin stopped training for almost six months.
"Since beating that and getting back to health, I am meeting my goals and fully expect to hit my stride and place well in Rio," he said.
"My focus and determination have never been stronger."
Argentina athletics team
Canada shooting team
Canada wheelchair tennis team
Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs)
The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.
Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.
Visa International is the exclusive payment card and the official payment system for the Paralympic Games.