Two days ago, Confederação Brasileira de Desportos de Deficientes Visuais named the members of the Brazilian men’s national goalball team invited to take part in a 10 day national team training camp scheduled to start on March 12 in Jundiaí, São Paulo.
Players invited to the camp include Alex Melo Sousa, Alexsander Almeida Maciel Celente, Emerson Ernesto da Silva, Jose Roberto Ferreira de Oliveira, Josemarcio da Silva Sousa, Leomon Moreno da Silva, Luciano de Souza Batista, Paulo Rubens Ferreira, and Romário Diego Marques.
There are no surprises on the roster, with the team containing members from the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championship and 2015 Parapan American Games gold medal winning teams. The men are currently ranked number one in the world, easily ahead of second ranked Lithuania. Their nearest regional competitors on the rankings are the United States who are ranked eighth, behind seventh ranked China.
The camp is part of Phase II preparation for the home hosted Paralympic Games scheduled to get underway in September. Head coach Alessandro Tosim has chosen for the roster six experienced players, and three younger development players. Also at the camp will be performance analyst Altemir Trapp, technical assistant Diego Gonçalves Colletes, nutritionist Mirtes Stancanello, coordinator Paulo Sérgio de Miranda, physiotherapist Rafael Loschi da Silva and team physician Thatiana Carolina Schulze Goni.