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The development of the Paralympic sports in Latin America

Para sports in the Americas continue to develop after the success of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with 43 participants from 10 Latin American countries attending education programmes in Panama and Mexico.

Panama simultaneously hosted a World Para Powerlifting National Referee Course and a World Para Athletics Level 2 Technical Officials Programme between 4-7 December, with the support of the Agitos Foundation, the development arm of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), through its Grant Support Programme (GSP). A total of 13 people from Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic took part in the former, with eight of them successfully passing it to become certified World Para Powerlifting National Referees.

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