The 20th edition of the South American School Games began on December 5th in Aracaju, Brazil. The Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo took part in the Opening Ceremony, opened by the Governor of Sergipe State, Jackson Barreto. The CONSUDE School Games will end on December 11th with a cultural afternoon, and a closing ceremony rewarding all the winners.
The event gathered 1600 students aged 12 to 14, coming from 11 countries (Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Surinam and Venezuela) to compete in 9 sport disciplines (Athletics, Judo, Swimming, Table Tennis, Basketball, Futsal, Handball, Volleyball and Chess)
The CONSUDE School Games do not only convey a message of sport, but as well of fraternity and hospitality: "You are welcome, dear brothers, Brazil loves you all" said Antonio Hora Filho, president of the Brazilian School Sport Confederation. It is as well the opportunity to get to know the cultures and diversification of the neighbouring countries. "I hope the energy you all have, will not only be dedicated to sport but as well for building your future as citizens and help you go beyond the challenges" stated Aldo Rebelo.
The Opening Ceremony was entertained by music played by the Banda Marcial de Carmopolis and dances choreographed by the Brazilian delegation of Rhythmic Gymnastics and the Jardins Middle-School.
Many international and national sport representatives attended the ceremony; Ernesto Irurueta, president of the South American Sports Council (CONSUDE); Tito Montano, Sport Minister of Bolivia; Ismanto Adna, Sport Minister of Surinam; Jose Carlos Machado, the Deputy Mayor of Aracaju; Ricardo Cappelli, National Secretary of Sport, Education, Leisure and social inclusion from the Ministry of Sport of Brazil; Jan Coolen, Secretary General of the International School Sport Federation; Robson Aguiar, Secretary General of the CBDE; Gilson Doria, Coordinator of the Games and Secretary of Sport and leisure of Sergipe State (SEEL).
During the CONSUDE General Assembly which was held in the framework of the Games, Chile was chosen by the members to preside CONSUDE till 2016 succeeding the Uruguayan Ernesto Irurueta, who was in charge of the presidency since 2010. The Chilean Undersecretary, Nicole Saez stated that the task of all was to "work for the strengthening of sport and physical activities among the fraternal nations". Chile would be assisted by Peru as first vice president and Venezuela as second vice for the presidency. During the meeting in which the ISF President, Laurent Petrynka, also introduced the International School Sport Federation, Paraguay was awarded the organisation of the XXI Consude School Games 2015.
During a week, the 1600 young athletes met on various sport fields. Brazil stood out with 55, followed by Colombia and Ecuador.
The ISF is eager to welcome these athletes in the near future in one of its ISF events or the Gymnasiade.
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