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  • Hall of Fame of COB will have 10 new honorees in 2019


    Bernardinho, Chiaki Ishii, Guilherme Paraense, Hortência, Joaquim Cruz, João do Pulo, José Roberto Guimarães, Maria Lenk, Sylvio Magalhães Padilha and Paula, will eternalize their brands in the Training Center of Team Brazil

    The Hall of Fame of the Brazilian Olympic Committee will have ten new members in 2019: Chiaki Ishii, the first Olympic judo Brazilian medalist in Munich 1972; Hortencia and Paula, world basketball champions in 1994 and Olympic silver in Atlanta 1996; Joaquim Cruz, Olympic champion of athletics in the 800m in Los Angeles 1984 and Olympic silver in the 800m in Seoul 1988; the deceased Guilherme Paraense (sports shooting), Brazil's first Olympic gold medal in the history of the Olympic Games (Antwerp 1920); João do Pulo, twice Olympic bronze medalist in athletics; Maria Lenk (swimming), the first South American woman to compete in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1932; Sylvio Magalhães Padilha, the first South American to compete for an Olympic final in athletics in Berlin in 1936; and volleyball coaches Bernardinho, two-time Olympic champion; and José Roberto Guimarães, three-time Olympic champion.

    "The COB Hall of Fame aims to perpetuate the athletes and coaches who helped build our Olympic history. I am sure that the history of these great characters in the sport will be an inspiration for new generations ", says COB Chairman Paulo Wanderley Teixeira, who complements. "The tributes will be on display at Brazil Team Training Center, the future administrative headquarters of the COB, in a space open to public visitation. But before, we will do the solemnity of recording the molds next to the society, in events throughout the year 2019, as a way to value these heroes even more. "

    The ten idols of the national sport will leave their marks eternalized in molds of hands or feet, as well as images of faces of posthumous honorees, in events such as Olympic Day, a year commemoration for Tokyo 2020, the Youth School Games and the Prize Brazil Olympic or according to the affinity with the action and availability of presence. Subsequently, all memories will be displayed on a mural at the Brazil Team Training Center at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park, in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.

    This year the COB received 23 nominations for the Hall of Fame, with only 17 being eligible for the rules of the award announcement. Participated in the selection process a commission composed of seven members of the board of COB; the two national representatives of the International Olympic Committee (IOC); two members of the Athletes Commission; and four of the COB Board of Directors. In order for the candidate to be elected, it was necessary to have at least 75% of the total votes of the members of the Evaluation Committee. The selected candidates passed in total for six polling rounds until the ten names were defined.

    Conceived in 2018 by the COB to celebrate the achievements of the country's greatest athletes and coaches, who have contributed significantly to the Olympic sport, promoting Olympism and inspiring new generations, the Hall of Fame will honor 10 athletes annually.

    "This is just the second selection of names for the Hall of Fame that intends, little by little, to fill this gap of recognition and appreciation of the Olympic history of the country. Soon I'm sure we will have been able to highlight the achievements and glories of the great Brazilian athletes and coaches, "commented the general director of COB, Rogério Sampaio, Olympic judo champion in Barcelona 92.

    A virtual space within the COB's official website, with the profile of each of the honorees, achievements, photos and videos, including images from the day they left the mark, is also being created. In that space, the fans can leave messages to the idols. The videos of recording of the molds during the tributes can also be seen through the QR Code that each piece will receive before being exposed.

    The Hall of Fame honored in its first edition, during the Brazilian Olympic Prize, in December 2018: Torben Grael, from candle, Brazil's largest Olympic medalist; the pair Sandra Pires and Jackie Silva, of beach volleyball, the first Brazilians to win gold medals in the Games; and marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, the only Brazilian to receive the Pierre de Coubertin medal, the highest honor of the Olympic Movement.

    Check out the main results of the COB 2019 Hall of Fame honorees:

    Bernardo Rezende (Bernardinho) - Volleyball

    - Greatest champion in volleyball history, accumulating more than 30 major titles in twenty years of career
    - Gold in the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 (coach of the men's team)
    - Six Olympic medals as a coach (two in the women's team and four in the men's team)
    - Silver at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles (as an athlete)

    Chiaki Ishii - judo

    - Bronze at the Olympic Games in Munich 1972 (light heavyweight category)
    - First Olympic medalist in Brazilian judo history
    - Bronze at the World Championship in Ludwigshafen (Germany)

    Guilherme Paraense (sports shooting)

    - Gold at the Olympic Games in Antwerp 1920 (fast shot pistol) - Brazil's first gold medal in the history of the Games
    - Bronze at the Olympic Games in Antwerp 1920 (per team)
    - Flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Antwerp 1920

    Hortência (basketball)

    - World champion in Australia - 1994
    - Silver at the Olympics Games in Atlanta 1996
    - Gold at the Pan American Games in Havana 1991
    - Highest scorer in the history of the Brazilian National Team

    João do Pulo (athletics)

    - Bronze at the Olympic Games in Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980 (triple jump)
    - Former world record holder of the triple jump (17.89m on October 15, 1975)
    - Flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the Montreal 1976 and Olympic Games in Moscow 1980

    Joaquim Cruz (athletics)

    - Gold at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles (800m)
    - Silver at the Olympic Games in Seoul 1988 (800m)
    - First Brazilian athlete to win Olympic gold medal in track race

    José Roberto Guimarães (volleyball)

    - Gold in the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992 (coach of the men's team)
    - Gold at the Olympics Games in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 (women's national team coach)
    - Only coach in the world Olympic champion with selections of both sexes

    Maria Lenk (swimming)

    - Participations in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles 1932 and Berlin 1936
    - First South American athlete to play the Olympic Games in history
    - First Brazilian to establish a world record in the 200m and 400m breaststroke (1939)

    Paula (basketball)

    - World champion in Australia - 1994
    - Silver at the Olympics Games in Atlanta 1996
    - Gold at the Pan American Games in Havana 1991

    Sylvio de Magalhães Padilha (athletics)

    - First South American to compete for an Olympic final in athletics in Berlin 1936 (5th place in the 400m with barriers)
    - Flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London 1948
    - President of the COB between 1963 and 1990

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