The last edition took place in 2019, Pernambuco won 43 medals.
This Friday (02), with the opening ceremony, marks the beginning of the 2022 Youth Games, which will be held in the city of Aracaju (SE), until September 17. The competition organized by the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) will receive a total of 4,100 athletes from all states of the country, aged between 15 and 17 years old. In this national stage, the best placed from each state in Brazil, in addition to the Federal District, participate in the modalities.
The delegation from Pernambuco has 201 members, including students from public and private schools from all regions of the state. Pernambuco athletes will compete for medals in 14 of the 15 modalities present in the competition, namely: athletics, badminton, basketball, cycling, futsal, rhythmic gymnastics, handball, judo, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball, wrestling and taekwondo.
The Executive Secretary of Sports of the Government of Pernambuco, Davi Oliveira, spoke about the expectation for the Games: ¨Pernambuco has been getting stronger and stronger in national competitions, and this one will be no different! We embarked with a prepared delegation and I’m sure the results will be very positive. The expectation is to return with luggage full of medals, consolidating our State as one of the best in the country in school sports”, he said.
Kawani Sofia, a constant highlight of school sports at the state and national level, who won two gold medals at the 2022 Pernambuco School Games, enters the dispute in two modalities: athletics and cycling. ¨I am very excited to compete! And I’m very happy to be here representing my state, expectations a thousand ¨, commented the athlete. Kawani even made history at the last edition of the Youth Games, held in 2019, in the city of Blumenau (SC), winning 3 medals in cycling, when she was just 11 years old.
In 2019, Pernambuco won 43 medals, 12 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze, reaching fifth place among the 26 participating states, in addition to the Federal District. At the time, the competition also included the category from 12 to 14 years old, which was now held by the Brazilian Confederation of School Sports (CBDE).
Photos: Luiza Moraes / COB