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Alexandra do Nascimento (Alê), a member of the Brazilian national team, named the world's best handball player in 2012:

"We are preparing the best way possible, we have great help, strong sponsors, a great incentive through the Athlete Grant program. We are trying to use this as an additional tool for our improvement, for our evolution."

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Rosangela Magalhães, who had a stroke and recovered movements through the assistance of her city's Sports and Recreation Program:

"Belly dancing is gymnastics. Because I couldn't even remove my blouse. My mother had to comb my hair. Then, through dance, I recovered movement on the left side of my body, now all is normal."

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Carlos Alberto dos Santos, Paralympic tennis player, an Athlete Grant recipient:

"We train mostly on hard courts, and this causes the tires [of our wheelchairs] to wear out quickly, and we have to change the strings of our rackets regularly. Our funding is very important so that we can at all times be using the best possible materials when on the court."

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"We overwhelmed the pessimists, those who warned of chaos. The World Cup is a success throughout Brazil. We can all be very proud, hold our heads high, with great self-esteem, because in fact this country is putting on a fantastic World Cup. And our people are doing everything possible for it to be a success."

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"We never will be a great sports power if we do not treat investment in sport as a decision of the Brazilian state. A government decision. Because, although the private sector has behaved extraordinarily, it really cares more for the "ready” athlete, the "finished" athlete, the athlete who offers a financial return, the athlete who gets publicity. And we need to take care of the athlete before he was an athlete, before he has become famous, before his name is on the lips of the public. And only the State can do that."

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Preparations for the second challenge, the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, are now in full swing. After all, in the last 12 years, Brazil has specialized in overcoming challenges in all areas, including in sports.

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Brasil democratiza acesso ao esporte e investe como nunca em atletas de alto rendimento

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