The entry criteria for powerlifting competitions at the Sao Paulo 2017 Youth Parapan American Games taking place from 20-25 March has been made available.
Powerlifters who are 15-20 years old, born between 1 January 1997-31 December 2002, and held a license for the 2017 season, will be eligible to compete in Brazil.
Each National Paralympic Committee (NPC) can register up to three athletes per category, making a total of 36 powerlifters, 26 men and 10 women, taking part in the competition.
Around 1,000 athletes, aged 12-20 years old, from more than 20 countries are expected to participate in this event, with 12 sports being contested: athletics, boccia, football 5, football 7, goalball, judo, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.
The last edition of the Youth Parapan Ams was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October 2013, attracting more than 600 athletes from 16 countries, who competed across 10 sports. Brazil topped the medal table and 15 countries reached the podium at least once.
Barquisimeto, Venezuela, staged the inaugural edition in 2005, with athletes from 10 countries competing, whilst a total of 14 countries attended the event in Bogota, Colombia, in 2009.
More information about the powerlifting criteria can be found on the Brazilian Paralympic Committee’s website (in Portuguese).