Multi-sport competition also acts as Americas Championship23 Aug 2019
Canada's Mike Whitehead and Brazil's Julio Braz will clash chairs again at Lima 2019
By Beau Greenway | For the IPC
Another spot at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is up for grabs as the Americas Championship commences on Friday as part of the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru.
Great Britain and Denmark became the third and fourth qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 after finishing in the top two at the European Championship in Denmark earlier this month - joining Japan and Australia to make up half of the eight-team field.
World No .2 USA will enter Lima 2019 as favourites, with Canada likely to be their main rival for gold.
Star high-pointer Zak Madell has returned to the Canadian squad after some time away from the sport and will look to help his country repeat their heroics from the 2015 Parapan Ams, where they stunned the US in the gold medal match to book their spot at Rio 2016. That forced the US to contest the last chance qualifier to reach the Games.
Rounding out the event is a quartet of South American nations - Brazil, Columbia, Argentina and Chile.
Here is how the six teams line up:
Argentina has not been on the podium since the very first Americas Championship in 2009.
They will look to close the gap to Brazil and Colombia for the title of South America's top-ranked wheelchair rugby nation.
Championship medals: Bronze (2009)
Paralympic medals: None
Head coach: Emmanuel Leguizamón
Squad: Juan Cruz Bandini (0.5), Marcelo Damian Ullua (0.5), Mariano Gastaldi (1.0), Brian Nascimento (2.0), Matías Cardozo (2.0), Gustavo Mariano Santoro (2.0), Luis Fernando Cañumil (2.0), Lucas Camussi (2.5), Juan Manuel Herrera (2.5), Mauro Emanuel (2.5), Jose Ignacio Arhancet (3.0), Roberto Lautaro Fernandez (3.5).
Brazil have progressively developed since their home Paralympics at Rio 2016.
They took for bronze at this event two years ago and will look to at least finish with a medal again.
Championship medals: Bronze (2011, 2013, 2017)
Paralympic medals: None
Head coach: Ana Ramkrapes
Squad: Gilson Días Wirzma Junior (0.5), Lucas Franca Junqueira (0.5), José Raul Guenther (1.0), Guilherme Camargo (1.5), Davi Coimbra da Abru (2.0), Rafael Hoffmann (2.0), José Higinio Oliveira Souza (2.0), Alexandre Taniguchi (2.5), Daniel Da Silva Goncalves (2.5), Alexandre Vitor Giuriato (3.0), Julio Braz (3.5), Gabriel Feitosa de Lima (3.5).
Canada has slipped to fifth in the world rankings in the past year following their lowest finish, sixth, at a World Championship last year. However, the return of Madell will certainly boost their chances.
Squad: Jeff Butler (0.5), Chad Cohn (1.0), Lee Fredette (1.0), Joseph Jackson (1.0), Adam Scaturro (1.5), Chuck Melton (2.0), Ernie Chun (2.0), Joe Delagrave (2.0), Eric Newby (2.0), Josh Wheeler (2.5), Chuck Aoki (3.0), Raymond Hennagir III (3.5).