Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best goalball Para athletes from all over the Americas during the sixth edition of the Parapan American Games.
Goalball is a Paralympic sport exclusively created for athletes with visual impairments. Each match features two teams of three players, who are strategically located to block their opponents and score a goal. The regulations state all Para athletes must wear a blindfold to block the light as participants with varying degrees of visual impairment (B1, B 2 and B3 categories) play altogether.
At the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, Brazil conquered the gold in both men’s and women’s events. The USA came in 2nd, leaving the host city, Canada, in 3rd place.
The Peruvian goalball team debuted not so long ago at the Sao Paulo 2017 Youth Parapan American Games. After an outstanding performance, the national delegation has slowly begun to establish itself as a force to be reckoned with.
Goalball was invented in 1946 as a rehabilitation sport for visual impaired veterans of World War II. It debuted at the 1976 Paralympic Games.
Court: The goalball field of play of 18 m x 9 m (59 ft. x 29 ft.).
Eyeshades: Worn by all goalball athletes, eyeshades allow players with varying degrees of vision to compete together.
Pass out: When the ball crosses over the sideline during a pass between teammates.
Tactile markings: Markings on the court that enable players to determine their location within the court as well as the direction they are facing.