Guadalajara Ready for Parapan Games

31 Jan 2011 By IPC

After a full week of visits to the venues for the 2011 Parapan American Games and several work sessions, International Paralympic Committee Specialist Bernie Clifford, asserted that Guadalajara, Mexico is ready to host the big event at just 295 days until the official opening.

Work activities also included a preliminary revision of the plans for the Opening and Closing ceremonies which will be held at the Telmex Athletics.

Bernie Clifford said: "I'm excited about these games because of everything that's being planned for all the venues and events. The airport is in excellent conditions in terms of accessibility. For me, it's not just about seeing the plans for the events but also to have the experience of being in this city. I'm pleased that the athletes, officials and tourists that come to the city will find a good foundation for accessibility in Guadalajara.

“Modifications are being plans for this international competition with major emphasis being put into the older venues, all of which need to be improved in terms of accessibility. The plans for improvements include opening up spaces in the restrooms, changes to the door handles and keys in order to be functional for athletes with a disability who may not have much strength in their extremities."

To facilitate smooth transportation, a dedicated Parapan American lane will be created and there will be special buses with ramps for wheelchair users.

Mr. Clifford will submit a report with suggestions on modifications for COPAG to consider for the benefit and comfort of the athletes. The commitment of the Organizing Committee is to work diligently to have an excellent edition of the Parapan American Games, leaving a legacy to the city and for the staff to be trained in offering the best level of attention.

Associate Director of the 2011 Parapan American Games Jorge Bermejo said: "We're pleased with Bernie's visit, especially in terms of flow of people. The things we need to improve are simple. Now that those suggestions are under consideration, we will give the Infrastructure Department those manuals to start the improvements as soon as possible.”

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