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National Paralympic Games get underway in Ecuador

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Province teams lined up during the opening ceremonies in Guayas. Image credit: Comite Paralimpico Ecuatoriano

The National Paralympic Games, the most important domestic disability sporting event of the year, got underway Monday in Ecuador.  Track and field competitor Ronnie Santos officially opened the Games after lighting the torch during last night’s opening ceremonies at the Coliseo Voltaire Paladines.  Santos was accompanied during the torch lighting ceremony by representatives by representatives from eight provinces.  The competition wraps up tomorrow.



Competitors participating include Damián Carcelén, an athlete with an intellectual disability who, along with Ronnie Santos, flew out to Colombia for Gran Prix Sudamericano de Discapacidad Intelectual after his morning race.  Celso Chalá is in attendance as a coach for Santos and Carcelén. Another competitor is Juan Carlos Araujo who participated in a rowing exhibition. 130 total athletes are participating.


The Games include a number of sports such as rowing, football, basketball, swimming, athletics, table tennis, futsal, and taekwondo.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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