Brazil, Africa sports collaboration in the works
University sports federations are in talks to sign an agreement on the exchange of athletes and related professionals.
Cuiabá – The Brazilian university sports federation (Confederação Brasileira de Desporto Universitário) and the Federation of Africa University Sports – FASU are working out a protocol of intentions so that athletes and related professionals in Brazil and Africa can take part in competitions outside their countries.
The Brazilian federation’s vice president and chairman of the International University Sports Federation for the Americas, Alim Maluf Neto, said that the next step is for universities to become interested in working to build the agreement. “We want this sharing of experiences and knowledge with Africa so our athletes will improve their skills and learn from one another’s experiences,” said Maluf, who hopes to have African teams compete in the Brazilian University Games (Jogos Universitários Brasileiros - JUBs) by next year.
FASU chairman Michael Malumbete Ralethe visited the JUBs and watched indoor soccer matches. He stressed that the partnership could also break down preconceptions about the African continent. “The myth of people living with lions in their homes needs to go away. We are not all about poverty, we are about development, scientific advance, research, development in sports and facilities,” he said.
*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum