paralympianA MALAGA-BASED wheelchair basketball player is gearing up for the Paralympics.

Representing Spain, Jesus Romero, 31, will be going for gold in the wheelchair basketball from September 8 to 18.

“I’m very happy, it’s been quite difficult to be here, because there’s such a high standard,” he said. “I have to keep working and give everything to pursue the best possible position.”

He added that Spain can ‘do a good job’ and is optimistic about their chances.

This is Romero’s second appearance at the Olympics, having helped his team achieve 5th at the London 2012 games.

The Velez-Malaga Sports Facebook page said: “Our great local wheelchair basketball athlete will be an Olympian again, this time at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. Congratulations champion. Proud of you.”

Spain will play Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan and Turkey in the initial group stage.

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