For the first time, Brazil hosts World Military Swimming Championship

The competition which starts on Tuesday 12th, in Rio de Janeiro, gathers 131 athletes from 12 countries.

Brazil hosts, for the first time, the World Military Swimming Championship. The competition, starting next Tuesday (12/12), will be held at the facilities built for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Brazilian Air Force Sports Commission (CDA), in Rio de Janeiro (RJ). Promoted by the International Military Sports Council (CISM), the 49th edition of this competition will bring together 131 athletes of the following countries: Germany, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Iraq, Luxembourg, Polony, Russia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

The championship is organized by the Ministry of Defense and Sports together with the Brazilian Military Sports Commission (CDMB) and CDA. The goal is to boost the preparation of the high-performance military athletes to the 7th World Military Championship, in China in 2019, and the Olympic Games in Tokyo, in 2020.
The competition includes the participation of swimmers internationally recognized. Coming to Brazil, the Russian, Anton Chupkov, 3rd place on 200m breaststroke at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and world champion in Budapest; and the French, Marc-Antoine Olivier, bronze medal in the 10 km open water marathon at Rio 2016 and world champion in Budapest.

Among the competitors, there are also the Brazilians Etiene Medeiros, olympic athlete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and world champion on 50m backstroke in Budapest; and João Luiz Gomes, silver medal in 100m breaststroke in Budapest and 5th place at the Rio 2016. Both athletes are Brazilian Air Force sergeants who belong to the High Performance Program, a partnership between the Ministry of Defense and Sports. Currently, this Program counts on 627 athletes, 552 from temporary military personnel and 75 from permanent military personnel. The aim is to support High Performance Athletes, to enhance their discharge and to discover new sport talents.

The delegations arrive in Brazil on Sunday, 10th. The opening ceremony will be held on Monday, 11th at 5:30 pm. The contests start on Tuesday, 12th, at 09:30am and goes until Friday, 15th.

The access to the competition is free and open to the public. The qualifying round will take place at the olympic size swimming pool of CDA, starting at 09:30am, and the finals, starting at 5pm.

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