COB will send a women-only team to coordinate the Brazilian Delegation to the South American Beach Games Rosário 2019

Headed by Chef de Mission Mariana Mello, Time Brasil athletes will be competing in nine sports at the event that will be held from March 14 to 23

Rafael Bello/ COB
02/20/2019 09:18 AM

Intending to acknowledge women’s critical contribution to sport Brazil will be sending a mission headed exclusively by women to the South American Beach Games Rosario 2019. The Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) will send a team of nine sport professionals from different areas to coordinate the delegation of 62 athletes who will be entering the competitions of nine sport disciplines.  The championships will be held  in the Argentinean city of Rosário, from March 14 to 23, where about de 2,000 athletes will be competing in 24 events of 13 sports.

Mariana Vieira de Mello, COB Planning and Sport Performance manager, will be acting as Chef e Mission. Besides  Mariana, the Brazilian delegation will count on Dasha Mishchenko and Gabriela Soares, in the operations area, Glaucia Heier, in charge of  technical support, Natália Mourão answering for medical services, Flora Silva, in the massage therapy area,  Amanda Lima as head of physiotherapy and Mônica Faria and Miriam Jeske, in communication. On Tuesday and Wednesday, February 05 and 6, the COB team,  the representatives of the different COB sport teams and the representatives of the 9  disciplines convened for a meeting at COB headquarters for a meeting with the managers of the team who will enter the South American Beach Games. 

“ COB employs  122 women and  112 men. Additionally, in December, COB launched the Moral and Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy, designed jointly with UN Women. The mission will  be in Rosario in the month dedicated to women’s fight for equal rights and represents one step further towards the acknowledgement of women’s contribution to Brazilian Olympic sport”, COB President Paulo Wanderley Teixeira, says.
Time Brasil will be represented in nine sports: water skiing, beach handball, open water swimming, surfing (stand-up paddle), beach tennis, triathlon, sailing and beach volleyball. Different objectives have been set for each sport.  The final line up of athletes will be confirmed on February 12. 
“Some of the objectives of the mission are to offer young Olympic sport athletes the unique experience of joining  Time Brasil and competing at a multi-sport event, some of them for the first time; give the athletes an opportunity to compete and observe their potential adversaries at the World Beach Games  San Diego 2019, in October; and support the sports that have tradition and visibility in beach sports in the country”, says Judoka Mariana Vieira de Mello,  post-graduate in Human Motricity, who acted as results coordinator at the Pan and Parapan  American Games Rio 2007,  headed the theme of the Paralympic Games for the Brazilian candidature for Rio 2016 Games and served as general manager of the Paralympic Games Rio 2016.
Background – The first edition of the South American Beach Games was held in  2009, in the cities of  Montevideo and Punta del Este, in Uruguay, and brought together 15 countries to compete in nine sports – water skiing, beach soccer, beach handball, open water swimming, beach rugby, surfing, triathlon, sailing and beach volleyball. Brazil was represented by 91 athletes who competing in all sports . Along the years of competition Time Brasil claimed 25 medals, namely, 12 gold, six silver and seven bronze medals. 
Just like in the 1st edition Brazil headed the medal tally of the II South American Beach Games Praia Manta 2011. In that coastal city of Ecuador, Brazil won 20 medals, that is,  namely, 12 gold, three silver and five bronze medals. At Manta,  Time Brasil featured   86 athletes. The event program had competitions in the same nine sports included in the  program of the previous edition: water skiing, beach soccer, beach handball, open water swimming, beach rugby, triathlon, sailing and beach volleyball .
In the last edition of the South American Beach Games, held in 2014 in Vargas, in  Venezuela,  Brazil won 19 medals and ranked third in the medal tally. Despite having entered just the water skiing, beach soccer, open water swimming, beach tennis and sailing, with 39 athletes, the Brazilian delegation brought home 6 gold, nine silver and four bronze medals and stepped up the podium of all competitions it had entered. Brazil finished just behind Argentina and Venezuela. Besides the five sports entered by the Brazilian teams, at the Praia Vargas South American Beach Games were played in beach handball, beach rugby, surfing, triathlon and beach volleyball.