PRESIDENT MARTIN VIZCARRA GIVES THE NATIONAL FLAG TO ANGELICA ESPINOZA
The Peruvian flag bearer will hold the national colors at the opening ceremony of the Parapan American Games, which will take place on August 23 at the National Stadium.
Lima 2019 has become a way of strengthening close relations between the Peruvian State and our athletes. This time, for of the beginning of the Parapan American Games, the President of Peru Martin Vizcarra received the Peruvian delegation at the Government Palace and gave the national standard to the flag bearer Angelica Espinoza, to bear it at the opening ceremony on August 23.
Vizcarra highlighted the determination and the courage of Para athletes, that have been training for several years to stand out in the most important multi-sport event of the Americas. The Lima 2019 infrastructure investment will be the starting point for the optimization of sport structure.
“We are proud to receive you at the house of all Peruvians to give you a symbol of our country that we know you will defend with honor. You have proven that with effort, any challenge is possible, and all Peruvians have learned it. Lima 2019 has taught us about the importance of the practice of sport for our children, and its example is most valuable,” added the President.
The President of the Lima 2019 Organizing Committee Carlos Neuhaus, the head of the National Paralympic Association of Peru Lucha Villar, the Chef de Mission of the Parapan American delegation Jose Gonzales Muguburu, and the President of the Peruvian Institute of Sports Sebastian Suito also attended the ceremony.
Additionally, the flag bearer Angelica Espinoza was thankful for this important distinction. “I would like to thank God for this opportunity. “I’m proud to represent all Peruvian people with impairments. We will not let anything, nor anyone hold us back in bringing happiness to our fellow Peruvians,” she added.
LIMA 2019 HISTORICAL DELEGATION
Peru will be represented by 139 Para athletes, the biggest delegation so far in this kind of continental competitions. In addition, Peru will participate in 16 disciplines. The disciplines having most representatives are sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball, with 24 athletes each (12 for the men’s team and 12 for the women’s team.)
Furthermore, there will be Para athletes participating in boccia (4), football 5-a-side (10), football 7-a-side (14), goalball (12), judo (1), Para athletics (14), Para badminton (10), Para cycling (2), Para swimming (4), Para powerlifting (4), Para taekwondo (4), Para table tennis (4), wheelchair tennis (5), and shooting Para sport (3).