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Brazil wins opener against Chile in Maximus Project Championship

Brazilian players in wheelchairs sitting in a circle. The Brazilian team. Image credit: associação brasileira de rugby em cadeira de rodas

The Maximus Project Championship officially gott underway on Wednesday, with Brazil’s national wheelchair rugby team beating Chile 54 – 4.  The Brazilians are scheduled to play two games today which the team expects to win.  If they do, they would meet the second place team in Group B which includes Argentina, Paraguay or Ecuador.

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Technical Coordinator of Associação Brasileira de Rugby em Cadeira de Rodas Michelle Domitian was quoted by the organization as saying, “The Brazilian team opened the Big Maximus Championship against Chile, with the score of 54 x 04. The team’s lines on the court tested worked very well, which resulted in this beautiful score, because the team played with the seriousness of an international event.”

 

The competition is important, as the four teams will be competing in next year’s Para Pan American Games along with the United States and Canada.  Maximus Project Championship has been a key to the increase in the number of South American countries taking up the sport.  Three years ago when the project was started, the sport was in its infancy with three countries playing and now, there are several national teams competing in the region including Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay.

 

Games schedule for today include Brazil against Chile, Argentina against Paraguay, Colombia against Peru, Brazil against Colombian club side Choco, and wrapping up with Argentina playing Ecuador.

 

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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