The largest Parapan American Games to date concluded in Toronto on Saturday, August 15. Brazil’s big victory was ratified in the closing ceremony held at Nathan Philips Square.
Brazil was declared the winner two days before the end of the Games, and on August 15 also won two of the three finals. The Brazilian team beat Argentina 3-1 in football 7-a-side and 10-4 against the United States in goalball, finishing with 109 golds, 74 silvers and 74 bronzes.
The Brazilians bested their Canadian hosts (50-63-55) and third place went to the United States (40-51-44). The top three were followed by Mexico (38-36-39), Colombia (24-36-30), Cuba (19-15-13), Argentina (18-25-24), Venezuela (8-14-25), Chile (4-2-6) and Jamaica (2-2-1) rounding out the top ten.
The phenomenal Brazilian team shook up the downtown square at the main stage at the closing ceremony. Nathan Phillips Square has also been the site of the Panamania cultural program of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games since the early days of July.
The Parapan Am Games closed with a concert, fireworks witnessed by thousands of people in attendance, including the delegations from each participating country.
“In the past week we’ve seen athletes from across the Americas demonstrate incredible courage, strength and athleticism, thrilling and inspiring fans,” said Saad Rafi, CEO of the Games Organizing Committee.
“Tonight is about celebrating and thanking these athletes as well as the people of the region who supported these Games, which will leave a legacy of not only sport, but diversity and inclusion which will be felt for generations to come,” said Rafi before kicking off the closing celebrations.
The ceremony included a video presentation of highlights of the competitions, as well as performances by rapper Wyclef Jean, country music singer Meghan Patrick and Franco-Ontarian Le Groupe Swing.
The Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, and President of the Paralympic Committee of America, Jose Luis Campo made traditional delivery of the flag to Luis Castañeda Lossio, Mayor of Lima, the venue of the next Games in 2019.