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29 April 2010 | in Other Events, NUSF News

CBDU's Martial Arts League



The Brazilian University Martial Arts League brought together about 300 athletes in Curitiba (PR), between April 24th and 25th. Tarumã’s gymnasium received the fights of judo, karate and taekwondo (masculine and female) of the 2010 Martial Arts League, CBDU’s selection tournament for the 2010 World University Championships of Taekwondo and Karate.

Athletes of the new generation of martial arts with medals and participation in Olympic Games, World Championships and South American events participated in the event.

Debora Nunes (taekwondo -67kg), Olympic athlete in Beijing 2008; Talisca dos Reis (taekwondo -53kg), silver at the 2010 South American Games in Colombia 2010; Steffani Lupetti (judo -78kg), silver in teams fight in Colombia; athletes of the Brazilian’s judo selection Breno Alves, Maria Portella and Felipe Oliveira; Valeria Kumikazi (karate -55kg), bronze in team’s kumite at the South American Games in Colombia, were some of the winners at the 2010 University Martial Arts League.

"My focus this season is the World University Championship, and especially a gold medal", said Deborah Nunes, silver at the FISU World Championship in 2006. "I always follow the Universíade judo competitions and my goal is to represent Brazil at the 2011 Universiade", said Felipe Oliveira.

Delegations from 15 states (AL, BA, CE, DF, GO, MG, MS, PE, PI, PR, RJ, RS, RN, ES, SP) participated in the 2010 League. And the athletes of Sao Paulo - the largest delegation entered in the tournament - pocketed 25 gold medals in judo, karate and taekwondo. Team Paraná, fighting on home turf, won nine gold medals.

"We congratulate all the athletes present in the tournament. The results of the 2010 Martial Arts League show the good preparation of our athletes and the real chances we have of reaching the podium at the FISU World Championships”, said Luciano Cabral, President of the Brazilian University Sports Confederation (CBDU) and FISU Vice-President.

(Source: Pollyanna Pádua, CBDU)