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Paralympics: Brazilian goalkeeper faces the current champions in the first stage

Paralympics: Brazilian goalkeeper faces the current champions in the first stage

On Monday, the Brazilian goalkeeper teams met (10) opponents of the first stage of the Tokyo Paralympic Games. The men’s and women’s team will, in their groups, face the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic champions of 2016: Lithuania, among the men, and Turkey, among the women.

The current two-time world champion in sports targeting people with visual impairments, Brazil fell into the first group for males. In addition to the Lithuanians, the United States (silver in 2016), Japan and Algeria are also included. The second group includes Germany, Belgium, China, Turkey and Ukraine. The national team is seeking to win the third medal in the Paralympic Games, after the London (UK) silver medal in 2012, and the bronze in Rio.

“The groups were well balanced. We will have great matches in the preliminary matches. It’s good that these really difficult matches in the group stage prepare us for the playoffs,” said winger Yumon Moreno, in testimony on the club’s website. Brazilian Visible Disabled Sports Federation (CBDV).

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In the women’s tournament, Brazil begins the hunt for an unprecedented medal in Group D, with Turkey and the United States (bronze in Rio), Japan and Egypt. The latter replaces the African champion Algeria, who gave up the vacant seat. China (silver in 2016), Israel, Australia, Canada and Russia are Group C picks. The Russians, current world champions, will have to compete anonymously because of the local Paralympic committee sanctioning the cases. Of steroids.

“I was very keen to know which group we would be joining in. Goal ball is very equivalent between teams. Of the ten teams, about five of them are capable of fighting for gold. This just pushes us to train more now that we know who we are,” said Anna Carolina Duarte Ward For the CBDV website “.

In the first stage of both tournaments, the teams face each other within the same groups, in one shift. The Big Four advance from each arc to the quarter-finals. The knockout continues until the final, with teams defeated in the semifinals to the bronze medal.

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