Two days of competition have wrapped in Brazil’s II Copa Caixa Loterias for wheelchair rugby. Play wraps up tomorrow at 11:00 AM local time.
On the first day, Gladiadores Curitiba Quad Rugby beat Minas Quad 47 – 32. In the competition’s second game, BSB Quad definitely beat Irefes 55 – 22, before going down in their second game to Gigantes 25 – 56. In the last game of the day, Gladiadores Curitiba Quad Rugby ran away from Irefes with a resounding offensive and defensive victory of 44 – 8. Only two games were played earlier today, with Gigantes defeating Minas Quad 44 – 38 and Gladiadores beating BSB Quad 54 – 32.
The event is being hosted by Associação Niteroiense dos Deficientes Físicos (ANDEF) in Niterói, a city across Guanabara Bay from Rio de Janeiro. Six of the first divisions in the country were invited to take part. Adeacamp was originally scheduled to play and be the sixth team to participate, but they were a no-show at the event. The winners of the three-day competition get a R$5000 (€1650, US$1860) prize, with second place taking home a R$3000 (€990, US$1120) prize and third place a R$2000 (€660, US$745) prize.
Players had the opportunity to impress Brazil national wheelchair rugby team Luis Gustavo Pena coach, as he is seeking potential talent for the national team ahead of the 2015 Para Panamerican Games and the 2016 Summer Paralympics.