Comitê Paralímpico Brasileiro is reporting today that 451 sportspeople have registered to compete in the Etapa Regional Norte-Nordeste do Circuito Caixa Loterias which officially gets underway in Recife on February 28 and runs until March 1. 258 of the registered competitors will be competing in athletics, while 133 have registered for swimming and 100 for powerlifting.
For Brazilian powerlifters, the competition is an important one as it is a gateway to the IPC Americas Powerlifting Championships, and from there the Para Panamerican Games, and potentially to the home hosted Paralympic Games. The Circuito Caixa Loterias is serving as a national competition in this sense.
The north regional championship is the first of four regional circuit events scheduled in Brazil this year. The next one takes place in Curitiba for the southern regional from March 27 to 29. The third takes place in São Paulo for that region and gets underway May 15 and ends May 17. The last regional is the Central/East regional in Uberlândia, and is scheduled to comment on May 28 and run until May 31. The circuit then continues with three national competitions. The event was organized to maximize opportunities for Brazil’s elite athletes to have chances to compete, to share Paralympic values across the country, and to encourage participation in disability sport by all.