Peru to host first ever goalball event

The Peruvian capital city of Lima will stage the competition between 20-21 May, with Colombia, Ecuador and the hosts competing.

Goalball Peru Peruvian goalball team © • Asociacion Nacional Paralimpica del Peru

The first goalball competition ever to be staged in Peru will take place in Lima between 20-21 May, with Colombia, Ecuador and the hosts competing in both men’s and women’s events.

Wwith a little over two years to go until the 2019 Parapan American Games, the event - organised by the National Paralympic Association of Peru (ANPP) and the Arcangeles Foundation - will also serve as preparation for the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball Americas Regional Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 26 November-3 December.

“Peru showed their growth at the Sao Paulo 2017 Youth Parapan American Games,” said ANPP President Luisa Villar. “We are confident in the work we are doing ahead of the 2019 Parapans.”

Lima 2019 will be held from 23 August-1 September 2019 and will feature a record 1,850 athletes who will compete in 17 sports, overtaking Toronto 2015 as the biggest Parapan Ams ever.

Athletics, badminton, boccia, cycling, football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis will make up the sporting programme.

Mexico D.F. in 1999, Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 2003, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2007, and Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2011, staged the four previous editions of the Parapan American Games.