“It is great to be able to hold such an important Championships in a country with a strong crop of potential medallists, particularly in the year before the first Paralympic Games in South America take place at Rio 2016 and with Toronto 2015 this August.”
IPC Powerlifting has published the competition schedule for the first Americas Open Championships in the sport’s history, which run from 26-29 April in Mexico City and will be shown live at www.Mexico-City-2015.com.
The competition will feature medal contenders for hosts Mexico on every day, beginning with triple Paralympic bronze medallist Laura Cerero in the women’s up to 41kg on Sunday (26 April). Cerero won bronze in the higher weight category just over one year ago at the World Championships in Dubai, UAE.
Jorge Moreno, IPC Powerlifting Sport Manager, said: “It is great to be able to hold such an important Championships in a country with a strong crop of potential medallists, particularly in the year before the first Paralympic Games in South America take place at Rio 2016 and with Toronto 2015 this August.
“It is essential to developing the sport in the region and around the world that we continue to build the competition calendar and provide a global platform for athletes to showcase their incredible talents.”
Moreno also gave more details about the live coverage at www.Mexico-City-2015.com.
“I hope that fans will tune in to the live coverage, particularly as it will be voiced in Spanish and in English through the venue announcer. We are constantly striving to expand our reach and believe that alongside the organisers, we can attract more people to the sport with bilingual commentary.”
In addition to the Mexican athletes, Great Britain’s world champion Ali Jawad will be in Mexico hoping to reclaim his title as the strongest man in the men’s up to 59kg on Monday (27 April). Egyptian Sherif Othman took his world record with a 210kg lift at the IPC Powerlifting World Cup in March following a move up to Jawad’s weight category.
Continuing the Mexican medal hopes is Paralympic and world champion Amalia Perez in the women’s up to 61kg, also on Monday. Her teammate, triple Paralympic and four time Worlds medallist Perla Barcenas, will go head-to-head with Brazil’s Dubai 2014 bronze medallist Marcia Menezes on Tuesday (28 April) in the women’s up to 79kg.
Rounding off the host’s key contenders is 2014 World Championships bronze medallist Jesus Castillo in the men’s up to 97kg on Wednesday (29 April).
Mexico City 2015 will gather around 120 athletes from 25 countries and acts as a qualifier for both the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games from 7-15 August and Rio 2016.