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Live Coverage of Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games

  • Synopsis: Published: 2015-08-04 - IPC announces it will livestream 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games sports - athletics, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. For further information pertaining to this article contact: International Paralympic Committee (IPC) at
Parapan American Games

The Parapan American Games is a multi-sport event held every four years after every Pan American Games for athletes with physical disabilities. The first Games was held in 1999 in Mexico City, Mexico. The 4th Parapan American Games were held in 2011 Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Quote: "Around 1,600 athletes from 28 countries are set to take part in Toronto 2015 where all 15 sports will act as qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games."

With just days to go until the start of the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that it will live-stream four sports - athletics, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby - together with a mixed channel from the event which takes place between 7-15 August via

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will also be streamed live on the same website.

Around 1,600 athletes from 28 countries are set to take part in Toronto 2015 where all 15 sports will act as qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Craig Spence, the IPC's Director of Media and Communications, said:

"We are delighted that we will be broadcasting live pictures from four highly attractive sports during the Parapan American Games.

"With each sport in Toronto acting as a Rio 2016 qualifier, competition is expected to be fierce with athletes and teams going all out to secure the Parapan title and book their flights to next year's Paralympic Games."

The athletics competition gets underway on Monday 10 August and will be available to watch live at It will feature around 350 athletes who will compete in 114 medal events. Many of the world's best sprinters are set to compete including the Brazilian trio of Alan Oliveira, Terezinha Guilhermina and Lucas Prado, Cuba's Yunidis Castillo and the US trio of David Brown, Richard Browne and Jarryd Wallace.

Amongst the leading wheelchair racers will be Canada's Brent Lakatos and the USA's Chelsea McClammer, who won five gold medals and silver at the 2011 Games.

Action from the 116 swimming medal events will get underway on Saturday (8 August) and will be streamed live at

Big names set to compete include Brazil's Daniel Dias, who will be aiming to defend his 10 of his 11 titles from four years ago, Canadian teenage sensation Aurelie Rivard, who won two world titles at Glasgow 2015, and 16-year-old Colombian Carolos Serrano Zarate who also won his first world title last month.

Canada will start as favorites to win gold in the women's wheelchair basketball after winning the world title last year in Toronto. They will line-up in an eight team competition which starts on Saturday 8 August and also includes Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and USA.

The men's competition is set to be highly competitive.

Paralympic champions Canada have lost a number of key players since London 2012 and will be wary of the likes of Colombia who knocked them out in 2011 and the defending Parapan champions USA. Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela will also feature.

Finally, in wheelchair rugby, six teams will battle it out for gold with all eyes set to be on the clash between hosts Canada and USA, the sides currently ranked second and third in the world. After losing to Canada in the semi-finals of London 2012 and the 2014 World Championships, the USA will be keen to get one over on their rivals. Competition starts on 8 August.

Action from both wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby can be found at

The live-streams will also be available via www.ParalympicSport.TV and will be geo-blocked in certain territories, including Canada.

Learn More About International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions.

Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by 176 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.

The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

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