Last night, Argentina announced the wheelchair rugby squad that had been selected to represent the country at the upcoming Parapan American Games scheduled to get underway in Toronto in August. The team includes Matías Cardozo, Juan Foa, Daniel Viegas, Fernando Pantín, Fernando Cañumil, Juan Herrera, Ignacio Arhancet, Nascimento Brian, Mariano Gastaldi , Lucas Camussi, Nicolás Stupenengo, and Leonardo Abess.
Six teams are participating in the Games: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia and the United States. Argentina is scheduled to open their campaign on August 8 when they meet the United States. Their second match is the following day when they play Chile. On Monday, they meet Canada. On Tuesday, they play Brazil. On Wednesday, they go up against Colombia. Ranking play starts on Thursday.
Argentina goes into the Parapan American Games ranked 20th in the world. They sit between Brazil, ranked 19th, and Colombia, ranked 21st. Chile is currently unranked, while the Canada is ranked second in the world and the United States third. The Argentine program is part of a larger push to develop the sport in South America. The team has been getting tournament experience in the past year, including participating at last year’s Maximus Project Championship. They have also had a number of contacts with the Brazilian program that have led to an increase in domestic performance.