The Parapan American Games 17-strong sports programme for Santiago 2023 has been announced by the Organising Committee on 16 December.
Featuring 17 Para sports and 18 disciplines, including Para archery’s return, the Games will open on 17 November and close on 26 November 2023.
The Para sports are: Para archery, Para athletics, Para badminton, blind football, boccia, Para cycling (road and track), CP football, goalball, judo, Para powerlifting, shooting Para sport, Para swimming, Para table tennis, Para taekwondo, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
“Congratulations to all 17 sports that will be part of the sports programme at the next Parapan American Games in Santiago, in 2023.” said Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) President Julio César Ávila.
“The International Paralympic Committee (IPC)/APC reviewed applications from a total of 23 Para sports against a variety of criteria such as anti-doping compliance, competition opportunities in the Americas and participation numbers. The 17 selected Para sports give us confidence in a robust Games programme reflecting the most popular Para sports in our region.
“The programme features an attractive mix of exciting and extremely engaging Para sports; we are committed to organising a historic Games in Santiago.”
“We are fully satisfied with the sports programme of the Parapan American Games. It is very attractive for competitors and spectators. We have worked on these Games in the same way we do for the Pan American Games, replicating every action for both competitions.” said Santiago 2023 CEO Felipe De Pablo.
“We want the Americas to know that we are talking about high performance athletes, that the venues will be full of people. With this programme we are convinced that we will have a wonderful show, which will enhance all the capacities of those who come to fight for a medal. Athletes and Para athletes are and will always be the heart of our Games”.
“It is a very important step to get to know the 17 sports. In Lima (2019 Parapan) we participated in 10 disciplines and one of our objectives at Santiago 2023 is to increase the number of athletes and sports.” said Chilean Paralympic Committee (Copachi) President Ricardo Elizalde.
“At Copachi we have been working since 2013 on providing more and better opportunities for people with disabilities. That, for example, has led us to systematically increase the number of athletes in our last international participations and encourages us to have a record delegation at Santiago 2023.”