"I am hugely confident that Toronto will deliver the best ever Parapan American Games in 2015."
On 7 August 2015, around 1,600 athletes from 28 countries and territories will be in Toronto for the Parapan American Games which will feature 15 sports, all of which will be qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The first ever Parapan American Games were held in November 1999 in Mexico City with more than 1,000 athletes from 18 countries competing in four sports.
In 2003, Mar del Plata, Argentina, was the Host City for the Parapan American Games. Coming off the success of the 1999 Parapan Am Games in Mexico City, the scope of the second edition widened: 1,500 athletes from 28 countries competed in nine sports.
The popularity of the Parapan Am Games continued to grow. The Rio 2007 Parapan Am Games were hailed as a great success and as a milestone for the history of the Paralympic Movement in the Americas where 1,150 athletes from 25 countries competed in 10 sports. Rio was also the first Parapan Am Games to be held in the same city as its Pan Am counterpart, with just one Organising Committee for both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
The Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games had 1,300 athletes from 26 countries compete in 13 sports. In 2015, the scope of the Parapan Am Games will continue to grow as TORONTO 2015 stages the largest Parapan Am Games ever.
Jose Luis Campo, President of the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC), believes the event will be a huge success.
“I am hugely confident that Toronto will deliver the best ever Parapan American Games in 2015. The planning and implementation from the organising committee so far has been first class and already I can feel a real sense of excitement amongst the athletes,” said Argentinian Campo, who was elected APC President in October 2013.