Delegation of more than 100 Brazilian athletes arrive in Peru
Three days before the start of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, the Brazilian delegation is the largest to arrive in Peru so far
The Brazilian delegation arrived today in Lima with 120 athletes of the 487 that belong to their delegation, one of the largest to compete in this multi-sports event.
These athletes are members of the basketball 3x3, weightlifting, artistic skating, modern pentathlon, rugby-7, squash, beach volleyball and women’s handball teams. The women’s handball team is the current five-time Pan American champion.
The Brazilian “canarinha” team will be one of the biggest attractions of the Games. Group A, that features Cuba, Puerto Rico, Canada and Brazil, will start playing on July 24 in VIDENA’s Sport Center 1. Group B features the United States, the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Peru.
The women’s Brazilian rugby team will return to the Villa María del Triunfo Sports Center after having won the Women’s Rugby Seven South American Championship there in June. The “verdeamarelas” will compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and, in Lima, they hope to seize the gold medal from Canada.
“We have a very tough game ahead of us, but we’re ready for it. First we’re competing with Peru, then Mexico and Canada. We have already been in the venue during the qualifying championship for the Olympic Games and we thought it seemed ready for the Games and that it has great infrastructure and nice changing rooms. Peru is a warm and hospitable place,” assured the rugby player, Rafaella Zanellato.
On his part, Óscar Brandao, member of the men’s beach volleyball team, was excited to put on a good show at the Costa Verde San Miguel venue.
“We won a South American championship here three years ago. I hope to do the same at the Pan American Games. I know that it’s a different and more difficult tournament, but I’m very happy and I hope to give my best. I’ve seen photos of the court and it’s very nice. The energy here in Peru is great for competing; I really like it,” he stated.
ABOUT LIMA 2019
The Opening Ceremony of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games will be held at the National Stadium on July 26, 2019. This continental event will gather 6680 athletes from 41 countries and delegations from the Americas.
There will be 19 days of competitions and ceremonies between July 26 and August 11, which will take place in 14 districts of Lima and Callao at various venues like VIDENA, Villa María Sports Center, Callao Regional Village, Villa El Salvador Sports Center, Punta Rocas, among others.
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games will include 39 sports and 61 disciplines, in which athletes will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. A total of 21 disciplines are qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Parapan American Games will welcome 1890 Para athletes from 33 countries, who will participate in 17 sports and 18 disciplines. Competitions will take place from August 23 to September 1, 2019. Thirteen sports will be qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.