Cuba, Mexico to play in the 2016 Special Olympics Copa America

The Estadio Domingo Burgueño Miguel is Maldonado, Uruguay, is one of the venues for the Special Olympics South American Football Cup "Copa America" 2016.

MALDONADO, Uruguay -- Footballers from Cuba and Mexico will participate in the Special Olympics South American Football Cup "Copa America" 2016, which will be held in Uruguay from March 31-April 7.

The tournament is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through training and competition.

More than 200 athletes from 11 different countries are expected to take part in the third edition of the Copa America Special Olympics.

Matches will be contested at the Estadio Domingo Burgueño Miguel and the Estadio Julio Cesar Abbadie in Pan de Azucar. Uruguay will launch play against Venezuela on March 31.

Some of the Cuban athletes include Juan Carlos Makencie Escobar, Yandry Gonzalez Cambas, Eder Felipe Prada, Osmany Falcon Batista, while Mexico’s Enrique A. Robles Pulido, Armando Pomposo Lara, Joseph D. Aburto, and Francisco Javier Chavez will display their immense passion for football.

Held under the "Unified Sports" Special Olympics Program, the event seeks to provide people with and without intellectual disabilities, an opportunity to gain appreciation of one and other, uniting them as partners of the same team in different sports.

Mexico will open against Chile (April 1) and Cuba is scheduled to face Peru a day later.

Copa America for Special Olympics - Groups
Group A: Uruguay, Venezuela, México, Chile
Group B: Paraguay, Peru, Cuba
Group C: Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina