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  • 2018 Para South American Games Will Not Take Place


    04/12/18

    The Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) has announced the 2018 Para South American Games will not take place.

    Buenos Aires had expressed their interest in organising the event, backed by the Argentinian Paralympic Committee (CoPAr) and the country’s government.

    However, they were forced to pull out due to financial reasons in December 2017.

    The APC immediately began searching for alternatives and held discussions with the National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Chile, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.

    But the limited time frame means it is not possible to organise an event that will ensure Para athletes have optimum conditions to perform at their very best.

    APC interim President Eduardo Montenegro said: “It is unfortunate news that the 2018 Para South American Games will not take place, following on from Santiago 2014’s success.

    “Para sports in the Americas have been steadily growing over the past few years, and we will continue working hard to ensure people with impairment have a platform to practice sports and develop their skills.”

    The Para South American Games were due to be a qualification event for next year’s Parapan American Games. The APC is now in talks with the International Federations for those sports to find alternative ways for them to qualify for Lima 2019.

    The first Para South American Games were held in Santiago, Chile, in March 2014, with 583 athletes from eight countries competing across six sports.

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    Notes to the Editor

    The Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) is the regional organisation, recognised as the sole regional representative of the Americas Region.

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