Author: Lima 2019 press release Lima, 13 August 2019


Paralympic champion Lorenzo Perez was among the 33 Cuban athletes arriving in Lima.

Lorenzo Perez
Foto: Cubasi

The first group of 23 Cuban athletes arrived in Peru to compete at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games, to take place from August 23 to September 1. 

The Cuban delegation was led by Paralympic swimming champion Lorenzo Pérez, gold medalist in 100m freestyle at Rio 2016 and world record in 100m freestyle, S6. 

Pérez was also a Parapan American champion at Guadalajara 2011 and Toronto 2015. He is part of a group of eight Cuban athletes who will compete in Para swimming, one of the sports that will feature Cuba. 

The rest of the group will compete in other sports: Para taekwondo (6), Para badminton (3), shooting Para sport (3), Para cycling (2) and wheelchair tennis (1).  

A total of 48 Cuban athletes will participate in these Games. The rest of the delegation will arrive to Lima in a second group led by Omara Durand, medalist in many Games. 

Durand will be the Cuban flagbearer during the Opening Ceremony, which will take place at the National Stadium on August 23. 

The second group will have athletes competing in judo (5), Para powerlifting (5) and Para table tennis (4). 

The Cuban athletes expect to have a good performance at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games, an improvement on their participation in Toronto 2015.