Earlier today, Ciclismo Adaptado Argentino announced that the Executive Committee of Comité Paralímpico Argentino had selected, by unanimous vote, that cyclist Rodrigo López had been chosen as Argentine flag-bearer for Parapan American Games taking place in August in Toronto, Canada. Argentina is taking 279 athlete strong delegation to the Parapan American Games.
The cyclist is coming back after an injury earlier in the year that required a small operation. He was sidelined from the sport for only a very short time, and continues to be ranked top in the world in his class. López is one of a number of Argentine sportspeople who have benefited from integration efforts in the country that see able-bodied competitors training alongside their disability sport compatriots. López has cerebral palsy.
López competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and earned Argentina’s first diploma of the Games. On the track, he finished seventh in the C1-3 men’s 1 kilometer time trial, and won a bronze in the C1 men’s individual pursuit. He also competed at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympics, while winning a bronze medal in Athens.
At the 2011 Parapan American Games, Argentina won 75 medals, including 19 gold, 25 silver and 31 bronze medals. López won gold in the Men’s 1,000 metres track time trial C1-5, one of five medals won by the country in cycling. The country performed the best in the pool, winning 29 medals. They also performed well on the track, picking up 23 medals. Table tennis was the sport where they had their third best performance, claiming 8 medals.