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Posted: October 18, 2013

Brazil plans to train indigenous archers for 2016 Olympics

Photo: fas-amazonas.org

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You think they'll have an edge? Brazil is choosing indigenous archers from the Amazon region to train for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The native-archer project  is described as a way to reflect Brazil's cultural diversity and at the same time strengthen the Brazilian Olympic Archery Team.
The talent scouts who have been judging the youngsters say the most talented kids can hunt and kill birds flying 100 yards up.

Archers are not the only ones being pursued by Brazilian scouts. They're also combing the rainforest, where about 400 tribes live for kayakers and canoeists.
The more than 80 candidates who were initially selected have been narrowed down to the top 10, after qualifying tournaments held by the Amazonian Federation of Archery (FATARCO) in June.

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After another set of trials in October, the final top three will be identified and sent for advanced training, with the intent of qualifying them for the 2016 Olympics.


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