The sports schedule for the 2019 Parapan American Games has been announced, with less than four months to go until the competition gets underway in Lima, Peru. Seventeen sports are being contested by a record 1,850 athletes at Lima 2019, the biggest edition of the Games to date.
It all begins with table tennis on 22 August, a day before the Lima 2019 Opening Ceremony, at the VIDENA Sports Complex.
Sitting volleyball and wheelchair rugby then kick off on the first official day of the Games on 23 August.
The Parapans really get into full swing on 24 August, when athletics, football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, judo, swimming, shooting Para sport, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis all open their programmes.
They are then joined by the final two sports; badminton (29 August) and taekwondo (30 August), which along with shooting Para sport are making their Parapan debut in Lima.
The boccia competition will start on 29 August, while one of the most eagerly-anticipated events at the Games will come on 30 August, when the football 5-a-side final takes place at the Villa Maria del Triunfo Sporting Complex.
Americas Paralympic Committee President Julie Dussliere said: “The announcement of the Parapan American Games sporting schedule is a crucial moment which adds to the excitement of the continent’s biggest competition.
“With less than four months to go until the Opening Ceremony, it is time to fully engage the Peruvian people with the Games, which will bring the best Para athletes from across the Americas to Lima.
“Peruvians can have high hopes of success in badminton, in which they already boast several Pan American champions, but it is not the hosts’ only chance of glory, with athletics, cycling and swimming all sports in which Peru have previously displayed strength.
“The event’s value, however, does not lie in its sporting side alone, but in the social and cultural impact we are confident it will have throughout the country and the Americas.”