Anthony Cappello’s Parapan Am journey comes to a halt due to injury

Canadian Paralympic Committee

August 30, 2019

Anthony was Canada's only Taekwando athlete at these games

Anthony Cappello in Para taekwondo action.

Anthony Cappello, 28, from Saint-Constant, Que. competed in the men’s 61kg division in the K44 classification at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru on Friday. 

Anthony, ranked third in the world, received a bye for the round of 16 and began his first match of the day in the round of eight against Geraldo Castro of the Dominican Republic. 

Anthony began the match strong, leading in points from the start, but sustained a kick to the head and was unable to complete his match. He will not be able to continue in the competition.

“It was in the best interest of the athlete’s health to withdraw from competition. Anthony is currently under concussion protocol by Team Canada and World Taekwondo and receiving medical treatment. Our focus now is a quick recovery.” – Dr. Andrew Marshall, Chief Medical Officer, Team Canada 
Next on the agenda, Anthony plans to compete at the European Open in November, and then hopes to qualify for Tokyo 2020, where Para taekwondo will make its Paralympic Games debut. 

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