The Brazilian Paralympic Committee (NPC Brazil) announced on Tuesday (6 July) the complete delegation for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. It includes the 64-strong Para athletics team that will be representing the country in Japan in August.
Brazil will come to Tokyo as one of the strongest Para athletics teams in the Games following a historic second place at the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships medals standings.
All 13 gold medallists from Dubai 2019 are in the Brazilian Paralympic squad. Rio 2016 champion and four-time world champion Petrucio Ferreira leads the team as he is set to compete in the men’s 100m and 400m T47.
The group will mix veterans such as three-time Paralympic champion Lucas Prado who is heading to his fourth Games alongside up-and-coming stars such as Rayane Soares.
Soares dethroned Ukraine’s defending champion Leilia Adzhametova to take gold in the women’s 400m T13 at her first World Championships at Dubai 2019 and now will make her Paralympic debut in Japan.
“Despite all the challenges imposed by the pandemic, we are looking forward to a great performance in Tokyo. Para athletics will travel with its second largest delegation in the Games, only behind Rio 2016 when Brazil was the host nation,” said Alberto Martins da Costa, NPC Brazil Technical Director.
Brazil took seven individual gold medals in Para athletics at the Rio 2016 Games. Besides Petrucio Ferreira, other four champions will be in action in Japan: Alessandro Rodrigo (F11), Claudiney Batista (F56), Daniel Martins (T20) and Silvania Costa (T11).
The Para athletics events in Tokyo will start on 27 August, day four of the Paralympic Games, until the closing day on 5 September.
Brazil’s Tokyo 2020 Para Athletics Team
Ana Claudia Silva
Gustavo de Oliveira
Jeohsah dos Santos
Jhulia dos Santos
Joao Victor Teixeira
Julio Cesar Agripino
Marco Aurelio Borges
Raissa Rocha Machado
Vitor de Jesus
The Brazilian delegation also includes 18 guides for vision impaired athletes.