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.