World Para Powerlifting has sent its condolences to the family and friends of Venezuela’s Paralympian Zuray Marcano.
Marcano passed away on Sunday in her hometown Maracay aged 66.
She was one of the pioneers in the sport in her country and made her international debut in the second edition of the World Para Powerlifting Championships in 1998 in Dubai, UAE.
Two years later, Marcano competed in her first Paralympic Games at Sydney 2000 in Australia. She also represented Venezuela at the Rio 2016 Paralympics competing in the women's up to 50 kg.
At the age of 62, she was the oldest athlete in her country’s delegation in the Games in Brazil.
Marcano took part in four World Championships following Dubai 1998 (Kuala Lumpur 2002 in Malaysia, Busan 2006 in South Korea, Kuala Lumpur 2010 and Dubai 2014).
She also competed at the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2015 edition in Toronto, Canada.
World Para Powerlifting extends its condolences to the National Paralympic Committee of Venezuela and the whole Para powerlifting community in the country.