LIMA 2019 PROVIDES FREE WHEELCHAIR REPAIR SERVICES TO ATHLETES
Thanks to the partnership with German company Ottobock, the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games have set a new milestone in the organization of this continental event.
The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games have set yet another milestone which makes them the most important Games in history. This has been achieved through a Paralympic-class service provided free of charge in the Parapan American Village (Villa El Salvador), as well as at the VIDENA and the Lawn Tennis Club, consisting of free wheelchair, prosthesis and other equipment repair and maintenance services for all Para athletes and delegations participating in the continental event.
This allows Para athletes to compete in the best possible conditions and do their very best during the competitions. Lima 2019 General Director, Alberto Valenzuela, stated that providing this service has helped Para athletes to break records.
“German company Ottobock, a Lima 2019 partner, provides repair and maintenance services for prostheses and wheelchairs to each of the Para Athletes. (...) all Para athletes of the continent that require assistance with their equipment or prostheses are serviced here free of charge,” he highlighted.
Meanwhile, Ottobock Regional President for Latin America, Marcelo Cuscuna, reported that more than 650 services have been provided to Para athletes during the Parapan American Games so far. “We hope to deliver a total of 800 services,” he added.
“We are providing Olympic-class service. The service provided to Lima 2019 is the same we provided to the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Olympic Games, and it is the same we will provide to Tokyo 2020 next year,” he stressed.
The Para athletes that have visited the repair shop have praised the swift service provided and the good condition of the wheelchair, prostheses and equipment serviced in view of forthcoming competitions.
This same satisfaction and pride were expressed by Prime minister Salvador del Solar, who visited the Parapan American Village to share his appreciation and encouragement with the Peruvian delegation participating in the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games.
“We can see how wheelchair and prosthesis maintenance is done. This has only been seen at the Paralympic Games and Peru is providing this at the Parapan American Games. (...) We can proudly say that we are organizing the best Parapan American Games ever, as was the case with the unforgettable Pan American Games,” he concluded.