At the conclusion of day two of wheelchair rugby’s Maximus Ecuador on Friday, Bogota had defeated Colombians Choco 32 – 8. Other games played that day included a match between Peru and Chile, and Chile and Bogota.
Game time temperatures were high, sitting at over 95 F/ 35 C. The Facebook maintainer for International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) said none of the athletes appeared to be having any problems coping with the high temperatures.
Earlier in the competition, Colombians Choco defeated Peru 34 – 23 for the team’s first ever competitive win. The Colombian team has two female members an five male members.
Wheelchair rugby has not historically been popular in South America. In 2008, only two teams were eligible for the World Cup. Since then, according to the IWRF, because of the work of Juan Pablo Salazar, this has changed and there are now 10 national teams in the Americas.