This Wednesday, the 7th, the second block of youth games competitions began, with contests in the forms of volleyball, futsal, taekwondo and artistic gymnastics. Another 48 members of the delegation from Roraima arrived in Aracaju for this round of the competition.
The volleyball teams made their debut with a victory in the capital of Sergipe. The girls’ team, formed by athletes from Tancredo Neves School, played against Ceara. The match was fierce and every point was hotly contested by the teams. Roraima won the first set and Ceara won the second, which sent the match to a tie-break.
In the third set, “Roraimense”, who already have the experience of participating in national competitions, won the final set with a score of 15×12.
Coach Roberval Mendonsa said that the team will strive for victory in the third division category. “First of all, I thank God for the victory. They are the champions of Roraima and now we are trying to win the national one. It’s hard, but let’s move on. That was the first. More victories are expected,” he said.
The next game will be played against Bahia, this Thursday 8th.
The men’s team, which plays in the first division, also won the opening match. The Monteiro Lobato school team, led by Professor Antonio Fidelis, met Rio Grande do Sul in a very balanced game.
Participants were 25×20 and 25×21. The next challenge will be against the team from Rio de Janeiro.
Futsal matches also started this Wednesday, September 7. The men’s team of Escola Ayrton Senna played a draw against the team of Acre in a balanced match with a score of 5×5. The next competitor is the Amazonas team.
In women’s futsal, Escola Joaquim Nabuco (Uiramutã) played against Amazonas. The Manuaras won 6×3. The next match will be played against the hosts Sergipe.
Roraima also debuted in taekwondo. The team is made up of nine athletes from Boa Vista, Caracara, Canta and Normandy schools. On Wednesday the 7th there were five bouts, and this Thursday the 8th is followed by the Roraima representative competition in this modality.
The Youth Games are organized by the COB (Brazilian Olympic Committee), which is responsible for all the logistics of the event, such as food, accommodation and transportation to the competition venues.
So far, there has been contention in athletics, table tennis, swimming and beach volleyball, winning two gold medals, men’s and women’s, a feat that lifted Roraima to the first division of school beach volleyball.
In the next block of competitions, judo, rhythmic gymnastics, cycling, basketball and handball athletes arrive in Sergipe from 10 to 12. Youth games continue until September 18.
The Roraima government transported the athletes to Aracaju for free.