The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the blind football Ones to Watch ahead of the 2019 American Championships, the first of five regional events of the year, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 4-9 June.
These are athletes who have the potential to make headlines, especially with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games fast approaching. Their biographies are now available on the IPC website. https://www.paralympic.org/ones-to-watch/football-5-a-side
ABDERRAZAK HATTAB (MAR)
African best blind football player seeks to lead Morocco to third consecutive continental title.
ANTONIO GAITAN (ESP)
Five-time European champion looking to claim a sixth title in September’s Championships in Rome, Italy.
BEHZAD ZADALIASGHARI (IRI)
Aims to bounce back at Asian Championships after a surprisingly poor performance at the 2018 Worlds, finishing in ninth place.
FROILAN PADILLA (ARG)
Hoping to defend the Americas title, after helping Argentina end Brazil’s winning streak in 2017.
One of the biggest stars in a country where football is more of a religion than a sport.
Captain of the all-conquering Brazilian team looks to regain Americas title.
WEI JIANSEN (CHN)
Included in the ´Team of the Tournament´ at the 2018 Worlds, where he led China to bronze.
Notes to the Editor
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. It co-ordinates the organisation of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for 10 sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC’s vision is to enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.
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