By Tom Degun

June 29 - A successful project review of Guadalajara's preparations for the 2011 Parapan American Games has been just been completed.

The three-day review was led by Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) President Octavio Londono and and included representatives of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), including IPC Governing Board members Jose Luis Campo and Andrew Parsons.

The meetings included a visit to the venues and overall progress on preparations.

Londono said: "It will be a sports event full of fight, strength, sacrifice, courage and a hard competition to reach the medals.

"All the values will be reflected on the Parapan American Games.

"The greatest disabled athletes from the American Continent are coming to represent with honour their countries."

Representatives from the IPC added that the Organising Committee was clearly committed to carrying out successful Games.

The fourth Parapan Games will be held from November next year with an expected 1,500 athletes from the Americas region to participate.

A total of 14 sports are planned for the 2011 Parapan American Games programme, including athletics, boccia, football five-a-side, football seven-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, sitting volleyball wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.

The Parapan American Games occur every four years while Guadalajara follow Rio de Janeiro who hosted the event in 2007, where 1,132 athletes from 25 countries competed.

For the second time in history, the Parapan American Games will be held in the same city and feature the same venues as the Pan American Games.

The first Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999 while the second edition took place in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 2003.

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