Earlier today, the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) announced that Brazil had been selected to host the 2017 Parapan American Youth Games. The competition is scheduled to take place in Sao Paulo from March 20 to 25. In addition to hosting the Games, the Brazilian Paralympic Committee will also host the Americas Paralympic Committee General Assembly in the days before the competition getting under way.
Jose Luis Campo, Americas Paralympic Committee President, is quoted by the International Paralympic Committee as saying of the selection, “This is tremendous news for the growth of the Paralympic Movement in the Americas and I would like to thank the Brazilian Paralympic Committee for their superb support. […] Since the first edition of the Parapan American Youth Games in 2005 in Venezuela, they have grown in size and stature each time and I am confident the 2017 event will be the best ever.
“It is important for their development as athletes that youngsters get the opportunity to experience competition at the highest level and this event does just that. We have already seen graduates from previous Games go on to compete at the Paralympic Games and I am sure many of those who compete in Sao Paulo will do the same.”
Andrew Parsons, President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee and IPC Vice President, was also quoted by the International Paralympic Committee as saying, “The Brazilian Paralympic Committee is delighted to have won the right to stage the 2017 Parapan American Youth Games in Sao Paulo. […] Following the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games awareness of Paralympic sport will be at an all-time high in the Americas and what can be more motivating for young athletes than to go compete in the nation that has just staged the Paralympics.”
The first Parapan American Youth Games took place in Barquisimeto, Venezuela in 2005. The Games were staged again in 2009 in Bogota, Colombia. Participation rose from 10 countries to 14. The most recent edition took place October 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with sportspeople from 16 countries participating in ten different sports. The 600 participant strong 2013 Games saw every national delegation save one come away with at least one medal.