22nd WMC Equestrian – Rio de Janeiro (BRA) – Competition Day 3 and Closing Ceremony

 

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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA) – The third and final day of the 22nd World Military Equestrian Championship took place on Sunday 17 October at the National Equestrian Centre - General Eloy Menezes Equestrian Park in Rio de Janeiro. Despite the gloomy weather and light rain, our military athletes performed superbly and all showed great determination.

 

Two rounds and two different courses were scheduled on this emotional day.

 

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Local Lieutenant-Colonel Cláudio de Azevedo Goggia, from the Rio Grande do Sul Military Brigade, put on the show in front of the enthusiastic spectators. On his horse Patativa do Rincão, he finished first in both rounds with two clear rounds. Unfortunately, this first place was not enough for him to win the Military World Champion title and the Brazilian had to be satisfied with the silver medal.

 

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Thanks to his second place of the day and a clear round, it is the French OR-9 Donatien Schauly, who was very consistent throughout the three days of competition, who becomes the World Military Equestrian Champion with only two points ahead of Lieutenant-Colonel Cláudio de Azevedo Goggia. A superb double for the French rider, who had already won the 20th World Military Equestrian Championship held at the time in Fontainebleau, France!

 

Ecuadorian Captain Xavier Alejandro Mosquera Salgado took third place in the day's competition while Warrant Officer Anastasiia Shcherbakova (RUS), who finished twelfth yesterday, finished third overall. A great performance from the Russian rider who finally broke down in the last round!

 

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The team competition was won by the surprising Bahraini team who came to Rio de Janeiro with a quality and efficient riding, becoming the World Military Team Champions ahead of Chile and France.

 

The horse Urca do Rincão was elected best horse of the competition and received the award from Colonel Hervé Piccirillo, CISM President.

 

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The final competition was also attended by Air Force Brigadier Jeferson Domingues, Secretary of Personnel, Education, Health and Sports (SEPESD/MD), and Air Force Brigadier Major João Campos Ferreira Filho, Director of the Military Sports Department (DDM/MD), as well as other civilian and military authorities.

 

 

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The competitions were followed by the closing ceremony of the event during which General Hamilton Mourão, Vice-President of the Republic of Brazil, and Walter Souza Braga Netto, Minister of Defence of Brazil, were awarded the CISM Medal of Merit with the rank of Commander by the CISM President. The CISM Medal of Merit is awarded by the CISM Board of Directors to those who, through their actions, have demonstrated the ideals and objectives of CISM and have contributed to the development of sport within the armed forces.

 

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The Fair-Play Award was also presented to the delegation from Paraguay. This award is given to a team for a particular action or attitude that shows a spirit of fair play, demonstrated during the championship. The Minister of the Superior Military Tribunal General of the Army Odilson Sampaio Benzi presented the award to the Paraguayan athletes.

 

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CISM President Colonel Hervé Piccirillo took the floor to thank the Brazilian Armed Forces: "The Brazilian Armed Forces is also very much involved in the CISM life with several PCSC and CSC members and also Officers affected in Brussels within the CISM General Secretariat. The reality is that Brazil is the most active and participative CISM Member Nation in the recent CISM history. This 22nd Equestrian world military event was an outstanding competition, full of demonstrations of cooperation, comradeship and most importantly in my opinion, friendship."

 

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He also added: "I would like to congratulate the organizing committee and the people behind the scene, who contributed to make this event a success by their time efforts and talent. You have also so well managed to organize this international military sporting event, despite it seemed impossible a few months ago due to the sanatory conditions."

 

At the end of the ceremony, Lieutenant-General João Campos Ferreira Filho, Chief of the Brazilian Delegation to CISM, presented the CISM Flag to Lieutenant-Colonel Maurice Payement, Chief of Mission of the French delegation that will organise the next World Military Equestrian Championship in October 2022 in Fontainebleau.

 

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The following authorities were present at the closing ceremony: Colonel Hervé Piccirillo (President of the International Military Sports Cou) - General Antônio Hamilton Martins Mourão (Vice-President of the Federative Republic of Brazil) - General Walter Souza Braga Netto (Minister of Defence) - General Odilson Sampaio Benzi (Minister of the Superior Military Tribunal of Brazil) - General Valério Stumpf Trinidad and Tobago General Valério Stumpf Trindade (Commander of the Army Corporation of the Southern Region of Brazil) - General Fernando José Santana Soares e Silva (Commander of the Army Corporation of the Central-Western Region of Brazil) - General André Luís Novaes Miranda (Head of the Department of Education and Culture of the Brazilian Army) - General Jeferson Domingues de Freitas (Secretary of Personnel, General Jeferson Domingues de Freitas (Secretary of Personnel, Education, Health and Sports of the Ministry of Defence).

 

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Thank you to Brazil for this splendid edition and see you in Fontainebleau next year for what promises to be a very exciting edition!

 

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(Source :  Brazilian Delegation to CISM)

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