2015 Ecuador Open Para-Athletics Latacunga is being held this weekend at Estadio La Cocha in Latacunga, Ecuador. The event is important for the country’s ID athletes as it is a path towards qualifying for the upcoming Parapan American Games taking place in August in Toronto, Canada along with the 2015 INAS World Games scheduled to take place in Ecuador in September. 60 ID athletes are taking part.
The competition is open to athletes with other disabilities, and there are over 100 total athletes participating. For everyone competing, the event provides the opportunity to get classified for international competitions and serves as a qualifying event for the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships scheduled to take place in Doha later this year.
The Government of Ecuador estimates that over 400,000 people in the country have some type of disability. Earlier this week, they announced that they have allocated US$462,000 (€419,500) to supporting 14 disability sports in the country. Their goal is to reach 40% of the Ecuadorian population with a disability and offer them an option to participate in adaptive sport. The main sports they are supporting include indoor rowing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, golf, athletics, 7-a-side football, chess, cycling, goalball and futsal.