Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best boccia Para athletes from all over the Americas during the sixth edition of the Parapan American Games.
Boccia is a game played by people in wheelchairs affected by cerebral palsy and other severe physical impairments. Played on a flat surface, the objective is to propel six balls as close as possible to a white target ball. At the close of each end, the Para athlete, pair or team with the ball closer to the jack receive one point and receives an additional point for every ball that is closer to the jack. An individual or pairs boccia match consists of four ends, while team events have six ends. Each athlete, pair or team throws six balls per end.
Diana del Rosario Rafael Horna was the flag-bearer of the Peruvian delegation at the Sao Paulo 2017 Youth Parapan American Games. In this opportunity, she will be our Boccia representative at the 2019 Parapan Am Games and will meet other outstanding athletes representing their national teams. At the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, Brazil came as the big winner in Boccia. The South America country obtained six gold and three bronze medals, thus dominating the competition and leaving the host, Canada, in 2nd place with six medals (a gold and bronze medal and four silver medals).
An individual or pair match consists of four ends, while team events have six ends. Each athlete, pair or team throws six balls per end.
Boccia originated in ancient Greece and was adopted by Nordic countries in 1970, where it was adapted to people with impairments. This sport has been part of the Paralympic Games program since New York 1984. Currently, over 50 countries around the world practice this sport.
Court: The playing area.
End: The duration of play.
Jack: The white target ball.