The first part of the delegation from Roraima, made up of 57 members, is already in Aracaju (SE) to participate in the 2022 Youth Games. The competition, organized by the COB (Brazilian Olympic Committee), is for children’s students (15 to 17 years old). The opening ceremony takes place this Friday, 2nd, at 6pm, at the Constâncio Vieira Sports Gym.
The Government of Roraima made all the tickets available to the 170 members of the Delegation. In this first phase of the competition, there will be disputes in athletics, table tennis, swimming, beach volleyball and badminton. The technical congresses of the modalities take place throughout this Friday, 02.
And on Saturday, the 3rd, the 4,180 athletes begin a true sporting journey, competing in 16 modalities in 15 competition venues. To further encourage young athletes, Games Ambassadors will circulate in competition venues.
They are big names in national sport such as Rebeca Andrade (artistic gymnastics), Ana Marcela Cunha (open water), Sarah Menezes (judo), Natália Falavigna (taekwondo), Letícia Oro (athletics), Virna Dias (volleyball), among others.
Athletes will have the opportunity to talk, take pictures and be close to great icons of national sport.
“The State Government works to provide this experience for students. It all starts with the School Games, with the regionals we held in Roraima, and today the classified athletes are here. All are well accommodated in the hotels, fed and later will participate in the opening ceremony. It’s a wonderful experience for everyone,” said Dinaildo Barreto, head of the Roraima Delegation.
Table tennis athlete Ana Rita Castro is a student at the José de Alecar State School, in Rorainópolis. She participates for the first time in the Youth Games and tells how the experience has been so far.
“It’s been amazing. I never imagined that I would have this opportunity that the sport brought me. I’m nervous, but very excited. I want to do my best”, said Ana, excited.
The Youth Games are organized by the COB, responsible for the entire logistics of the event, such as food, accommodation (20 hotels will be used) and transport to competition venues.
In this edition, five thousand people are expected to participate, including athletes, coaches and directors from 1,856 schools from all over Brazil represented.
The Aracaju Convention Center concentrates a good part of the Youth Games activities, in addition to being the stage for disputes in some modalities, such as table tennis. There is also a cafeteria and a social center with games, a space for reading, cultural and sports activities.
On the 6th of September, the second phase of the competition begins, with the arrival of the delegations of the collective modalities and the holding of the technical congresses.
The group games start on the 7th and continue until the 18th of September. Further information and details about the competition are available on the COB website (http://www.cob.org.br).