2007 Parapan American Games

The 2007 Parapan American Games, officially the III Parapan American Games, were a major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities, celebrated in the tradition of the Parapan American Games as governed by the Americas Paralympic Committee, held from August 12 to 19, 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Organized by the Rio de Janeiro Organizing Committee (CO-Rio) and the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (BPC), it marked the first time that the Parapan American Games were staged in the same city and followed directly after the Pan American Games.[1][2]

III Parapan American Games
2007 Parapan American Games logo.svg
Host cityRio de Janeiro, Brazil
MottoLive this energy!
Portuguese: Viva essa energia!
Nations25
Athletes1,115
Events10 sports
OpeningAugust 12
ClosingAugust 19
Opened by
StadiumRio Olympic Arena
Mar del Plata 2003 Guadalajara 2011

Bidding processEdit

 
Carlos Arthur Nuzman, chairman of the Rio de Janeiro bid for the 2007 Pan American Games.

The official bid was submitted in August 2001 during the XXXIX Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) General Assembly held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In April 2002, following delivery of Federal, State and City Government and BOC letters confirming country, state, city and Brazilian sport compliance with the applicable Games regulations, PASO announced the approval of Rio de Janeiro’s bid. The Bidding Committee then submitted a detailed bid file for the Games. The document was prepared and developed with the assistance of Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), which had been commissioned by Rio de Janeiro's City Government. In the running to host the 2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro faced off with the city of San Antonio, United States; which previously beat Houston, Miami, and Raleigh to become the American candidate.

According to PASO statute and regulations, the host city was selected by direct voting during the XL PASO General Assembly held in Mexico City, Mexico, on August 24, 2002. The candidate city that received the simple majority of votes from representatives of the 42 member National Olympic Committees (NOCs) would be awarded the right to host the competition. The announcement was made by PASO President Mario Vázquez Raña. Rio de Janeiro received 30 votes against 21 from San Antonio. Marked by a professional strategy that included the showing of city and project videos, Rio de Janeiro's campaign convinced the majority of voters, accounting for a total 51 votes. The 39-member Brazilian delegation erupted into boisterous celebration celebrating the country's highest achievement in terms of sporting event organization.[3]

Torch RelayEdit

The 2007 Parapan American Torch Relay introduced the first torch relay in the history of the Parapan American Games. It took place on August 11, 2007 and lasted only one day. The route spanned a total of 20 kilometers.[1]

The GamesEdit

Participating nationsEdit

25 nations competed at the Games.[4]

SportsEdit

CalendarEdit

OC Opening ceremony Event competitions Event finals CC Closing ceremony
August 12
Sun
13
Mon
14
Tue
15
Wed
16
Thu
17
Fri
18
Sat
19
Sun
  Ceremonies OC CC
  Athletics
  Football 5-a-side
  Football 7-a-side
  Judo
  Powerlifting
  Swimming
  Sitting volleyball
  Table tennis
  Wheelchair basketball
  Wheelchair tennis
August 12
Sun
13
Mon
14
Tue
15
Wed
16
Thu
17
Fri
18
Sat
19
Sun

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Brazil)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Brazil (BRA)*836877228
2  Canada (CAN)493726112
3  United States (USA)374436117
4  Mexico (MEX)374337117
5  Cuba (CUB)28211160
6  Argentina (ARG)7163053
7  Venezuela (VEN)5101530
8  Peru (PER)3104
9  Colombia (COL)26917
10  Jamaica (JAM)1225
11  Puerto Rico (PUR)1124
12  Ecuador (ECU)1023
13  Costa Rica (CRC)0123
14  Chile (CHI)0112
15  Panama (PAN)0101
  Uruguay (URU)0101
17  El Salvador (ESA)0011
  Paraguay (PAR)0011
Totals (18 nations)254253252759

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Rio 2007 Parapan American Games". Americas Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 16 January 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Rio 2007 Official Report" (PDF). Rio 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  3. ^ Carl, Tracy (23 August 2002). "Rio de Janeiro wins bid to host 2007 Pan American Games". Archived from the original on 16 January 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Parapan American Games Countries". Archived from the original on 19 August 2007. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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