Brazilian bocce team arrives in Rio for the World Cup



The Brazilian boccia team landed in Rio de Janeiro this Wednesday (23rd) to begin preparations for the World Cup, which begins on December 5th, at the Olympic Park, in Barra da Tijuca, in the capital. fluminense.

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The main boules competition of the Paris 2024 cycle will bring together more than 170 athletes from 41 countries in disputes until the 13th of the same month. The matches will be held on the same stage where the 2016 Paralympic Games were also hosted. The bocce games will take place in the structures of Arena Carioca 1 and admission will be free to the public.

“The expectation of arriving in Rio de Janeiro was great. We won’t have travel fatigue like we do when we compete in competitions in other countries. This will be a very important point in preparing for the World Cup,” said Eliseu dos Santos, BC4 class athlete (athletes with severe disabilities, but who do not receive assistance).

Eliseu dos Santos Copa America Boccia
Eliseu dos Santos (Photo: WorldBoccia)

Matthew and Evelyn arrive later

The entire Brazilian delegation traveled this Wednesday, the 23rd, with the exception of the athletes summoned from the BC3 class – Mateus Carvalho from Minas Gerais and Evelyn Oliveira from São Paulo. Both will arrive in Rio only on Sunday, the 27th, as they recently competed in the Bahrain stage of the World Cup in the modality.

“The expectation is very high. We are already starting to feel the ‘atmosphere’ of the World Cup, starting to acclimatize. Now it’s just a matter of making the final adjustments to everything that was trained throughout the year so that we can have the best performance on the court during the games. It will be very gratifying to compete in a World Cup in the same place where we won the gold medal at the Rio 216 Games”, added Evani Calado, referring to the podium obtained by teams in the BC3 class (for athletes with severe disabilities and who can use the auxiliary instrument gutter and have help from another person).

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The first training sessions will start this Thursday, the 24th. As of Friday, the 25th, the activities will be divided into two periods.

The competition is organized and carried out by the National Association of Sports for the Disabled (ANDE), which governs the sport in Brazil. The event will be broadcast live on YouTube.

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