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20 October 2017 | in NUSF News

Culture, integration and music mark the opening of Brazilian University Games

The Brazilian University Games  Opening Ceremony brought together delegations from 26 states and the Federal District, marking the beginning of the largest university competition in Latin America

GOIANIA, BRAZIL -- Emotion, joy, culture, lots of music and animation. That was the night of 19 October at the Rio Vermelho Gymnasium, in Goiânia, in an event that marked the opening of the 65th edition of the Brazilian University Games (JUBs). The national games unite more than 7000 participants from all Brazilian states, and are held in Goias from 19 to 28 of October.


FISU President Oleg Matytsin welcomes the participants to the Brazilian University Games

The opening ceremony took  place on the eve of the first  FISU America-FISU Strategic Dialogue, which takes place on 19-21 October in Goiânia with the leaders of FISU and FISU America, as well as presidents of national university sports federations from the Americas. 



Welcoming the participants, FISU President Oleg Matytsin said: "I'm very happy to be at the Brazilian University Games. This is a great event, which shows the love and passion of Brazil for university sports. I wish the best of luck to all athletes and I look forward to seeing the best of you in Napoli in 2019!”



Student athletes were also greeted by José Eliton de Figuerêdo Júnior, and Raquel Texeira, Secretary of Education, Culture and Sport of Goiás, and Luciano Cabral, President of the Brazilian University Sports Confederation (CBDU)


Luciano Cabral, President of the Brazilian University Sports Confederation, greets the students

"The largest and most traditional multi-sport event in the country brings together athletes who are true heroes, because they show that it is possible to practice the sport from the bottom up to high performance and reconcile with their personal training in higher education,"  Mr. Cabral said.



Lusimar Santos, president of the University Sports Federation of Goiás (FGDU), spoke on behalf of the Goiás athletes, who are represented in the JUBs by 191 athletes among almost 5 thousand involved in the games. "It's a unique moment in the history of our sport. Goiás will make these games the biggest in the history of the JUBs,” he promised.



The Opening Ceremony began with the parade of the delegations, followed by a folk presentation, with the presence of the farricocos, characters of the Fogaréu Procession. A volleyball athlete from Goiás, Lucas Gil,  made the "athlete's oath", while his compatriot, Eduardo Felter, of tennis, lit the pyre.  After a speech by political and sports authorities, the show was performed by the country folk duo Israel and Rodolffo.



About the Brazilian University Games


Culture and music marked the opening of 65th edition of the Brazilian University Games

This year, the 26 States in Brazil and the Federal District will participate in the competition, adding up to about 7,000 participants among leaders, technical committees, athletes, referees, volunteers and the Organising Committee. 



There will be 20 sports: athletics, badminton, judo, swimming, tennis, table tennis, beach volleyball, chess, basketball, futsal, 3x3 basketball, handball, taekwondo, academic, esports (FIFA and League of Legends) and volleyball. Swimming, table tennis and athletics will also be played as para sports.



This year JUBs are organized by CBDU and the University Sports Federation of Goiás, with support from the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Sports, and the Government of the State of Goiás, through the State Department of Education, Culture and Sport of Goiás (Seduce). 



During the opening ceremony of this year´s JUBs CBDU President Luciano Cabral announced that Maringá, a city of the state of Paraná, was chosen as the host of the 2018 edition.