Lima, Peru - The Organising Committee for the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games has announced that a record-breaking 22 disciplines will act as qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic anParalympic Games.
The final number of qualifiers has been confirmed by the Lima 2019 Organising Committee and Panam Sports, and has been approved by the relevant International Federations.
The decision means that over one third of Lima 2019’s 62 disciplines from 39 sports will give athletes with the chance to confirm their place at Tokyo 2020, which will help ensure the participation of the Americas’ best athletes at Lima 2019.
It will be the first time that 22 disciplines at the Pan American Games will be qualifiers for an Olympic Games. The sports that will be qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 are: archery, athletics, badminton, equestrian sports, handball, hockey, karate, modern pentathlon, tennis, sailing, shooting, skateboarding, surfing, swimming, table tennis, triathlon, water polo and weightlifting.
Speaking on the announcement, Lima 2019 President Carlos Neuhaus said:
"We are delighted with the record number of disciplines that will act as qualifiers for Tokyo 2020. Lima 2019 is set to be a Pan American Games like no other – captivating sport with a uniquely Peruvian flavour. Our Games will feature the best of Pan American sport with more disciplines and Olympic qualifiers than ever before.
"We look forward to welcoming the finest athletes from the Americas and we are working around the clock to ensure they have the best facilities at their disposal to fulfil their potential."
About the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games will see approximately 6,700 athletes from 41 countries compete in 39 sports and 62 disciplines. The Games will take place between 26 July and 11 August 2019.
The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games will see 1,890 athletes compete in 17 sports and 18 disciplines between 23 August and 01 September 2019.
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