Five Para table tennis players will take part in the 2023 Parapan Am Games, November 17-26 in Santiago, Chile
Stephanie Chan, Ian Kent, and Peter Isherwood are all returning from the Lima 2019 Parapan Am team, where veterans Chan and Kent came home with bronze medals in singles play in their respective categories.
This will be Stephanie Chan’s fifth Parapan Am Games, at the age of 66. Canada’s Opening Ceremony flag bearer for the Lima 2019 edition, Chan is also a Rio 2016 Paralympian, where she finished fourth. She has five Parapan Am medals, including a gold won on home soil at Toronto 2015, a performance that qualified her for the 2016 Paralympic Games. She is currently world No. 12 in her classification.
Ian Kent, No. 62 in the world in the men’s Class 8 category, is also set for his fifth Parapan Am appearance, and enters Santiago with seven podiums to his name.
Peter Isherwood made his multi-sport Games debut at the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Games. He is No. 47 in the men’s wheelchair Class 2.
Muhammad Mudassar and Asad Hussain Syed are both making their return to Parapan Am competition after first debuting in Toronto eight years ago. Mudassar is currently ranked world No. 62 in his category while Syed is No. 44.
All five athletes are set for the singles tournaments. Isherwood and Mudassar will also team up in men’s wheelchair doubles, Kent and Syed will be a pair for men’s standing doubles, and Chan and Syed will compete together in mixed standing doubles.
Para table tennis will be the first sport in competition in Santiago, kicking off the day before the Opening Ceremony. Play will take place November 16-20. The winners of the singles tournament in each category will directly qualify for next summer’s Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
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