Paralympics: Brazilian goalball faces the defending champion in the first leg

Paralympics: Brazilian goalball faces the defending champion in the first leg

On Monday (10) at the Tokyo Paralympics, Brazil’s goalball teams met with first-leg opponents. The men and women teams will face, in their respective groups, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic champions: Lithuania among men and Turkey between women.

The current two-time world champion in the game aimed at people with visual impairments, the Brazil men fell in Group A. In addition to Lithuanian, the United States (silver in 2016), Japan and Algeria are also included. Group B consists of Germany, Belgium, China, Turkey and Ukraine. The national team is on the hunt for a third Paralympic medal after Silver in 2012 (United Kingdom) in London, and Bronze in Rio.

“The group were going to have great matches in the preliminary game. It’s good that these tough matches already in the group stage prepare us for the playoffs,” winger Lemon Moreno said in website testimony. Brazilian Confederation of Sports for Disabled Visuals (CBDV).


In the women’s tournament, Brazil began their quest for an unprecedented medal in Group D with Turkey, the United States (bronze in Rio), Japan and Egypt. The latter replaced the African champion Algeria, who left the vacancy. China (silver in 2016), Israel, Australia, Canada and Russia are Group C selections. The local Paralympic Committee for Affairs, Russia, the current world champion, will have to compete without the country’s name due to the punishment. Of doping.

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“I was very curious to know which group we would come in. Goalball is the level between teams. Out of ten teams, about five are capable of fighting for gold. It only drives us to train more “We know who we are. Is going to play against,” Ana Carolina Duarte Ward told the CBDV website.

In the first stage of both events, the groups are face to face with each other in the same group, in the same shift. The top four quarters of each bracket advance to the finals. The losing streak continues till the final, with the teams losing in the semifinals losing to the bronze medal.

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