Indian archers win gold and silver in the South American Games in Cochabamba, to Bolivia

5 June 2018 - Young people are part of the Indian Archery Project in Amazonas, Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS)

Graziela and Gustavo won two gold medals and one silver, respectively | Photo Anibal Strong

The brothers Graziela and Gustavo Paulino dos Santos, Professional archers of indigenous ethnic Karapanã, They won two gold medals and one silver in shooting tournament with recurve bow of the South American Games Cochabamba 2018, which ends Friday (8) to Bolivia. The brothers are part of the Indian Archery Project of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), which seeks to contribute directly to the promotion of culture and indigenous Amazon image.

On Tuesday (5), Graziela (Yaci, in Karapãna) He was part of the team that won the gold medal by winning Colombian athletes Ana Maria Rendon Martinez, Valentina Contreras Sepulveda Perez and Maira Alejandra Villa, by a score of 5 a 3 the recurve women's category. The Brazilian team is formed by Graziela, Ana Clara Machado and Ana Luiza Caetano.

Yaci also won the title of champion in women's recurve individual open. The archer competed against Brazilian Ana Clara Dias de Carvalho, who took second place and the Venezuelan Mayra Alejandra Mendez Fuenmayor, third. The Yaci's victory is unprecedented for Brazilians in the category archery in 11 League editions.

"I was first in qualifying also won gold for teams. I am very happy to bring this medal for Brazil. This achievement will lift my career and give confidence for future international competitions ", said Graziela, following preparation for the world of Tokyo 2020.

In the men's mode, the Brazilian team, represented by the archer Gustavo Paulino (Ywitu), She won the silver medal after duel with Colombian athletes Andres Manuel Pila Solano, Daniel Felipe Pineda Osorio, I was Ramirez Gonzalez, by the score 6 a 2 na final. Argentina won the bronze by beating Chile by 6 a 0.

"The silver in the team event means a lot to me and my co-selection. It is very satisfying to win a medal logo on our first participation in our first Games. It is not anyone who can represent Team Brazil representing our country and it makes me very proud ", highlights the athlete.

Project in the Amazon Indigenous Archery *

developed from 2013 by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), the project aims to contribute to the popularization of archery and strengthen the image and self-esteem of indigenous peoples of the Amazon. The action is an initiative in partnership with Banco Bradesco, Federation Amazonense Archery (Fatarco) and support of the Confederation of Organizations of the Amazon and Indigenous Peoples (Coipam), the Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (Coiab), and the Government of Amazonas, por meio da Secretaria de Estado da Juventude, Desporto Lazer and do Amazonas (Sejel).

Athletes are sponsored in B flat Shops, Catch, Val Group, plus support Latam, Bradesco, Accor Hotels Educational Center La Salle College and La Salle, por Meio da Lei de Incentivo ao Esporte.