May 9, 2014 (ISN) – The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) have said they are delighted with preparations for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games after concluding the second Co-ordination Commission meeting with the organising committee this week (6-8 May).
During three days of meetings, attendees including APC President Jose Luis Campo and IPC Chief Executive Officer Xavier Gonzalez, were updated on preparations for the Games that will take place between 7-15 August 2015. Around 1,600 athletes from 28 countries are set to attend, competing in 15 sports, all of which will be qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Updates were given to the IPC/APC delegation on a whole range of topics including sport, venues, ticketing, torch relay, ceremonies, communications, marketing and broadcasting, operations and test events, as well as projects the Organising Committee is undertaking to help develop para-sport in Canada and across the Americas.
Jose Luis Campo said: “We were delighted with the outcome of the Co-ordination Commission and leave confident that Toronto 2015 is on course to deliver the biggest and best Parapan American Games ever.
“I was really impressed at the attention to detail the Organising Committee is paying in each area and am sure the Games here will be a great success.
“These Games will attract many of the biggest names in sport, all hoping to book their ticket to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. It will be an amazing spectacle and will help showcase the high performance athletes to new fans around the Americas.”
As part of the Co-ordination Commission, the IPC and APC delegates received a tour of the Parapan Am Athletes’ Village and the CIBC Parapan Am Athletics Stadium and were impressed with what they saw.
Jose Luis Campo added: “I am confident the athletes will really enjoy their time in the village. It has really good accessibility, great facilities, stunning views of the impressive Toronto skyline and is within close proximity of the city centre.
“All venues will be ready on-time, if not earlier, and the legacy plans for each of them are extremely impressive.
“Within 12 months, the athletes’ village will be home to many residents living in affordable housing, whilst the sport venues will leave a great para-sport legacy for Toronto, Ontario and wider Canada.”
The first Parapan American Games took place in Mexico City in 1999 and have taken place every four years since. The last edition was held in Guadalajara, Mexico.