Indian archers Amazonas win three gold medals in the Brazilian Championship Archery, no RJ

17 the November the 2018 - Competitors of Kambeba ethnicities and karapãna, the lower Rio Negro, They are part of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation project (FAS)

Gustavo, Nelson e Drean (left to right) | Photo: Anibal Strong

Updated 19 November 2018, às 14h30

Indian archers of the Amazon had a breakthrough performance in state history during the 44th Brazilian Championship Archery adult Arco, held last week in the city of Marica, in Rio de Janeiro. Athletes won three gold medals, in individual and team categories, tournament that brought together 155 athletes from various states of Brazil.

The achievements came in categories that have never been reached by state. No sábado (17), Nelson Moraes (Inha, in Kambeba), Drean Braga (Iagoara, in Kambeba) and Gustavo Paulino (Ywytu, in karapãna) They are anointed champions in the category of adult male teams, after winning the Rio team Archers Iris, of the House.

Not Sunday (18), Drean Braga (Iagora) won the gold medal in the individual adult male recurve category, unprecedented achievement for the state. Also on Sunday, brothers Graziela (Lacy) and Gusatvo Paulino (Ywytu) They won the gold medal in the mixed team category.

Graziela, Nelson, Drean and Gustavo are revelations of the Amazon Indigenous Archery Project, developed by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) with the objective to promote the sport and appreciate the local culture. selected in 2013, athletes train daily in professional arcs through a partnership with the Amazonian Federation of Archery (Fatarco), as well as receive support for participation in local competitions, national and international. The project is supported by B flat and Bradesco, via the Sports Incentive Act, and the passages, donated by Latam Brazil.

"The goal has always been evolving more, always training and evolving team. We know that has long way to go, but the tournament has given us chance to grow in concentration and hit more ", Nelson explains Moraes.

It is the fifth time that the Amazon indigenous archers vying for the Brazilian Archery Adult. In the list of starry competitions they are the South American Games Cochabamba 2018 and the World Archery Championships in 2017, as well as experiences with the Brazilian National Archery. They also train to Tokyo 2020.

"This excellent result was only possible thanks to the daily training efforts of these Amazonian athletes, as well as the collaboration of partners that participate in the dream made possible national competitions ", celebrated the technical team, Aníbal Forte.

Since the beginning of the project, athletes have won six medals in the Brazilian Championship, and a gold in the mixed team 2015, one silver and one bronze in mixed team and men's team in 2016, and a gold and two bronze medals for women's team, individual female, plus mixed team 2017.


Supported by FAS Network and La Salle with scholarships, the four athletes take turns between life in their indigenous communities in the state and stay and training in the Olympic Village of Manaus, where they have structure and specialized professionals through a partnership with the State Secretariat for Youth, Esporte e Lazer (Sejel) and Amazonian Federation of Archery (Fatarco).

The Training Center and High Yield Amazon (Selecting), which is located inside the Olympic Village of Manaus, the archers, as well as other high performance athletes, They have provided support hotel, restaurant, consulting medical and dental, academia, physiotherapy, massage therapy, nutrition, social work and psychology.

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Created by FAS in 2013, Indigenous Archery project aims to popularize the archery and strengthen the image and self-esteem of indigenous peoples of the Amazon. The action is an initiative carried out in partnership with Banco Bradesco, Fatarco the Federation and support of the Confederation of Organizations and Amazon Indigenous Peoples (Coipam), the Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (Coiab) and Government of Amazonas through Sejel.