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Jalisco wins National Wheelchair Games

October 6, 2013

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With 64 medals – 32 gold, 16 silver and 16 bronze – Jalisco’s disabled sportsmen and women triumphed in the 40th National Wheelchair Games held in Guadalajara last week.

The State of Mexico came second with 63 medals, while Veracruz finished third with 36 medals. Around 700 disabled athletes competed in nine disciplines throughout the five-day competition.

“These National Wheelchair Games were aimed at giving (the athletes) the opportunity to develop, enhance their competitiveness and demonstrate their capabilities to everyone in Mexico,” said Jalisco’s First Lady Lorena Arriaga, who presides over the state Family Development Agency (DIF), at Saturday’s closing ceremony. Arraiga praised the games as “a show of the bravery, tenacity and human qualities of disabled people,” adding that “the athletes that honored us with their presence have left us with a clear message: we must keep working to ensure that all people have the opportunity to develop themselves to the fullest.”

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