6,000 young people are taking part
Rio de Janeiro hosts the Brazilian School Games (JEB's). They will last until 14 November. For the second year in a row, the state capital is hosting a tournament between school athletes aged 12 to 14 from 27 constituent entities.
The state government, through the State Secretariat for Sport and Recreation (SEEL), paid for the accommodation of all participants. Investments amount to more than R$12.7 million, for a total of R$63,000 a day. The event is organised by the Brazilian Confederation of School Sport (CBDE) in partnership with the federal government.
This year's games see a record number of participants, with around 6,000 teenagers competing at three venues: Barra da Tijuca Olympic Park, the University of the Air Force (UNIFA) and the Arena da Juventude in Deodoro.
Medals will be awarded in 17 sports: badminton, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, chess, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, indoor football, handball, judo, taekwondo, karate, wrestling, beach volleyball, athletics, cycling and swimming. New this year will be the inclusion of demonstration sports such as surfing, skateboarding and breakdancing.
Athletes who qualify will be eligible for state scholarships in 2023 and will also be able to compete in the South American School Games. Toda Palavra, a partner of the TV BRICS network writes about this.