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The athlete from Piauí, Auricelia Nunes, was summoned to compete in the Parabadminton World Cup with the Brazilian National Team. The official list came out this Thursday (1st) and the competition takes place between November 1st and 6th, in Tokyo, Japan. The competition has an immense weight within this cycle for those looking to be in the Paris-24 Paralympics, where the name definition time is much shorter.
“I’ve been training in Castanhal for over a year, because I lost support there in Teresina and as I was invited to come here by the mayor and I decided to accept. Currently I am the first in Brazil and 9th in the world within the ranking, there are many achievements and victories and thanks to God things have worked out. Here I have a technician to travel with me, in Teresina I always traveled alone and this is very important”, explained Auricélia Nunes.
Auricelia’s first call-up took place in 2017 and since then she has been a fixture in the national team. The Piauí native chose to leave the state in order to have better financial and structural conditions for day-to-day training and currently lives in the city of Castanhal, in Pará, but when she goes to compete, she follows as an athlete affiliated with the Nossa Senhora da Paz Foundation, from Piauí.
Auricelia Nunes has been playing badminton for a few years and even with a vast curriculum full of national and international competitions, she still hasn’t managed to win a Paralympic spot, but the Paris 2024 games can give her that opportunity.
Currently, the athlete competes and fights for a place in the Paralympic Games in the singles, female doubles and mixed doubles categories in parabadminton. Brazil will have eight athletes at the Worlds in Japan, three women and five men.