U.S. Paralympics News One Reason Lima 2019...

One Reason Lima 2019 Will Be The Biggest Parapan American Games Yet

By Melissa Zhang | Aug. 22, 2019, 1:43 p.m. (ET)

A photo of the opening ceremony at the Pan American Games Lima 2019.
Seventeen sports make up the program for the Parapan American Games Lima 2019. 

There are plenty of reasons to be excited for the Parapan American Games Lima 2019, which begins this Friday, Aug. 23, but this year's edition is one you won't want to miss in particular. 

The 2019 Parapans will feature a record 1,890 athletes from 33 countries competing in 17 sports. With two more sports than the Toronto 2015 program, the Lima 2019 sport program deems it the biggest Parapan American Games in history.

Over 30 countries will be sending athlete delegations to host country Peru: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay, Venezula and the Virgin Islands.

The 17 sports comprising the sport program are: athletics, badminton, boccia, cycling, football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. A total of 617 gold and silver, and 679 bronze medals will be up for grabs at the Parapan American Games.

Badminton, shooting and taekwondo will make their Parapan American debut in 2019, while archery has been removed from the sport program. Competitions will be hosted in 14 venues throughout the Games. 

In terms of the American delegation that will travel to Lima, the 2019 roster features 18 more athletes than the team that competed at the Parapan American Games Toronto 2015. More information on the breakdown of the 2019 team can be found here

The Games will take place from Aug. 23 to Sept. 1. Tickets to the 2019 Parapan American Games can be purchased online