Peru has fallen in love with the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games. The Organising Committee has announced on Sunday that ticket sales have passed 100,000, setting a new record.
With seven days to go until the end of the competition, the number is expected to continue increasing significantly.
Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) President Julio Cesar Avila Sarria said: “Passing the ticket sales 100,000 mark at Lima 2019 is great news which proves there is growing interest in Para sports in the Americas.
“I want to congratulate the Organising Committee and all Peruvians for such an achievement. The passion and pride they feel for their country turns them into one of the top sporting fans in the world.
“I am excited to see which final number Lima will leave Santiago 2023. As there is still a week of competitions ahead, I have no doubts the ticket sales will be even much higher.”
Peruvian Para athlete Sotacuro, fresh from winning silver in the men’s 1,500m T46, said that he is “very happy for the support. This is an international event, a really big one. People want to see and learn about Para sports and understand how people with disabilities can do what we do.”
Argentina’s wheelchair tennis world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez added: “there is a beautiful atmosphere. The public is very present and very warm. For sports, and especially Para sports, this is very important.
“I am very grateful to the public. I do not play in Latin America very often, and having the chance to do it with people who support you so much is exciting.”
Big names in Para sports will be in action on the following days such as Fernandez himself, Cuban Omara Durand, Brazilian Daniel Dias and Canadian Patrick Anderson.
Tickets still available can be purchased via the Lima 2019 official website and authorised points of sale.