The 2023 edition of the Brazilian Universiade (JUBs) was officially opened on Monday evening (9) with a grand ceremony at the Centroventus Cau Hansen, in Joinville (Santa Catarina). The JUBs are the largest university sporting event in Latin America and reach their 70th edition this year.
The event, which brings together more than 5,000 athletes from 320 higher education institutions representing the country’s 27 university associations, continues until October 21. During the 14 days of competition, athletes will participate in judo, karate, wrestling, tennis, table tennis, table tennis, chess, academy, break, cheerleading, basketball, futsal, handball, volleyball, and e-sports (League of Legends, E-Football, Clash Royale, Valorant, CS Go, and Free Fire).
The competitions will be held in different locations of the city: in Expoville (the main competition venue), in Centreventos Cau Hansen, in the Ivo Varella Training Center, in the Mário Timm Municipal Sports Gymnasium, in the Abel Schulz Gymnasium, in Univille, in the Associação Atlética Tupy and the Joinville Tênis Clube. .
The highlight of the event’s opening ceremony, held on Monday, was the appreciation for local culture. Joinville is considered the national capital of dance and it showed this side in a very creative way at the ceremony, where the highlight of the show was the performance by the mayor of Escola, Pedro Evo Campos, ten-time champion of the local dance festival.
Another notable moment of the ceremony was the honoring of the city’s athletes. After the presentation of the delegations, the flag of the Brazilian University Sports Union (CBDU) was carried by the JUB mascot, Juca. The flag of the host city of the 2023 Brazilian Universiade was carried by Fritz the crocodile, the mascot of Joinville. Unisc volleyball player João Guilherme de Matos, who was part of the Brazilian delegation at this year’s Universiade World Cup held in China, moved the athlete. Swear.
Soon after, the Brazilian flag was carried by runner Adria Santos, a four-time Paralympic champion and Brazil’s greatest Paralympic medalist. Besides Adria, who is from Minas Gerais by birth, but chose Joinville to live 20 years ago, Olympic swimmer Eduardo Fischer, born in the city, also participated in the ceremony. The symbolic fire display and lighting of the Olympic cauldron was performed by local table tennis player Lace Stolarski. The young woman was part of the Brazilian delegation at the Universiade World Cup.
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