Brazilian Military Athletes Eye Medal Success at 2016 Rio Olympics

Brazilian Military Athletes Eye Medal Success at 2016 Rio Olympics

By Dialogo
December 11, 2015

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As many as 120 members of Brazil’s Armed Forces may compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, following the success at the 2012 Olympics in London where 51 athletes from the military won five of the country’s 17 medals.

The athletic success of the Military can be traced to the High-Performing Athlete Incorporation Program, which is the result of a partnership with the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Sports, the Brazilian Olympic Committee, and other athletic confederations.

“In 2007, we came in 27th place at the Military World Games. We were selected to host the Games the next time they were held, which was in 2011, and were also candidates to host the 2016 Olympic Games,” explained Brigadier Carlos Augusto Amaral, director of the Department of Military Sports of the Ministry of Defense. “So we asked ourselves: how can we improve our performance? We did some research and realized that, during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, eight of the top 10 in the medal rankings had some sort of connection with an Armed Forces athletic program.”

To create an infrastructure supporting the development of athletics throughout Brazil, the Ministry of Sports invested $6.5 million in the Armed Forces’ program between 2010 and 2015, with the Ministry of Defense spending around $4 million in salaries alone.

Though all the work since 2008 will culminate at the 2016 Olympics, which begins on August 5th, the project won’t end when the Games conclude on August 21st.

“We do not want people to think that the Olympics in Rio are the end of the work that needs to be done here. The Ministry of Defense has already prepared a plan for the time between the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, while also keeping the Military World Games in mind. This Defense Ministry program is not going to go away.”

The program has contributed to Brazil's excellent performance during the 2011 Military World Games in Rio, where it earned first place in the medal tally – 114 total, including 45 gold, 33 silver, and 36 bronze. In October, Brazil came in second in the medal count in the 2015 Military World Games in South Korea with 84 medals – 34 gold, 26 silver, and 24 bronze.

Such success is in part attributable to the hundreds of top-notch athletes who are members of the Brazilian Military. Currently, the Army, Navy, and Air Force have 541 athletes participating in 24 sports while serving as Temporary Military personnel for up to eight years. Additionally, 167 Military athletes are career Armed Forces members and have backgrounds in sport shooting or in activities that are exclusive to the Military, such as parachuting or naval pentathlons.

'The Army has been my anchor'

Army Sergeant Iris Tang Sin’s Olympic hopes changed drastically upon entering the High-Performing Athlete Incorporation Program in 2011.

Growing up in poverty in Itaboraí, a town in the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area, Sgt. Iris aspired to turn professional in taekwondo – a decision her parents were firmly against. However, Iris sought money from local businesses and organized raffles to fund her trips to competitions.

“Only once I entered the Brazilian Army did I know for sure that I should continue my plans to become a professional athlete,” said 25-year-old Sgt. Iris, who earned a bronze medal in a competition in Russia earlier this year, a bronze in the Pan-American Games in Toronto in August, and a gold medal at the 2015 Military World Games in October.

“The Army has been my anchor. The return on my investment in the sport is always guaranteed. This sport has taken me around the world, given me new hopes and dreams, and has provided me a new path in life. I also teach a course called Project Íris for children for the city government of Itaboraí [a town in the state of Rio de Janeiro]. This sport is my life, and the Army has been very supportive.”

Air Force Colonel Júlio Almeida, a 46-year-old winner of six medals in various Pan-American Games, is hoping his second and final Olympics are his best.

Col. Almeida placed 11th in rapid fire, 12th in air pistol and 17th in free pistol at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing before winning gold in free pistol at the Pan-American Games in August and in the team shooting competition at the Military World Games in October.

“When I was still a cadet at the academy, I discovered that I had a talent for sport shooting, so I stuck with it and pursued it alongside my duties as an officer,” he said. “I believe it is very valid. There is a lack of infrastructure for sports in Brazil, but we have sports facilities in many quarters.”

Athlete program provides comprehensive support

The High Performing Athlete Incorporation Program supports Army Sergeant Yane Marques, who has trained as a pentathlete since 2009.

Sgt. Yane, 31, won bronze at the 2012 Olympics before taking silver at the 2013 World Modern Pentathlon Championships in Taiwan and bronze during the same competition in Germany in 2015. At the Pan-American Games, she won gold in 2007 and 2015 and took silver in Guadalajara in 2011, in addition to claiming another gold medal at the 2011 Military World Games.

“I will only be able to stay until March 2017, which is when my eight years are up,” said Sgt. Yane, who has won six of her seven medals since entering the program. “But it came at the right time, because it prepared me for my performance in London, where I earned bronze, and for the games in Rio de Janeiro next year. This is not a program that is simply temporary. It has the potential to benefit many generations of athletes, if it continues.”

In addition to receiving a salary, athletes can count on the Armed Forces’ nutritionists, physiotherapists, doctors, dentists, and coaches to provide crucial support.

“We receive a salary, but it’s not just the money. Throughout Brazil, there are barracks that participate in the program. When I had to travel to compete, I used them a lot. They have them in Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Resende…”

Other program participants with a good shot at medaling at the upcoming Olympics include Sergeants Leonardo de Deus and Etiene Medeiros (swimming), Sarah Menezes, Mayra Aguiar, Erika Miranda, Maria Portela, Tiago Camilo and Charles Chibana (judo), in addition to beach volleyball players, the men’s and women’s handball teams, and the women’s soccer team.