Denmark, US Virgin Islands, Haiti name Rio 2016 teams09.08.2016
Denmark will send 15 Para athletes to the Games; Haiti, US Virgin Islands name one athlete each.
The National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Denmark, US Virgin Islands and Haiti have revealed their athletes heading to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this September.
Headlining the Danish roster are Paralympic medal winners Daniel Wagner Jorgensen (athletics) and Peter Rosenmeier (table tennis). Rosenmeir is ranked No. 2 in the men’s class 6 and will look to improve on his bronze medal from the London 2012 Games.
Fourteen of the Danish athletes previously won medals at European and World Championships, and/or Paralympic Games. This year, the chosen athletes have won a combined 13 medals at the European Championships in athletics and swimming.
“There is so much potential in this team,” said Michael Mollgaard Nielsen, Denmark’s Chef de Mission. “I’m very excited to see our athletes compete in Rio, and we all expect to witness lots of amazing moments in Danish Paralympic history in September.”
The NPC also tapped Para equestrian rider Annika Lykke Dalskov Risum as the nation’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony.
“Going to my third Paralympics is huge, and to be chose to lead the Danish team is just indescribable for me,” Risum said. “To be able to carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony is not something many athletes get to experience, and I am extremely honoured, proud and humbled.”
Haiti and US Virgin Islands
Shot putter Jean Indris Santerre will be Haiti´s sole representative at Rio 2016, whilst Ivan Espinosa, who finished eighth in the 1,500m T38 at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, will compete for US Virgin Islands.
Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs)
Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.
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