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Jose Paulo Lopez is the sixth swimmer and 62nd Portuguese qualifier in Tokyo.



Jose Paulo Lopez is the sixth swimmer and 62nd Portuguese qualifier in Tokyo.

ABOUT The athlete from Sporting de Braga made his Olympic debut, improving his national record (02/07/16) to 07: 52.81 minutes, becoming the sixth Portuguese swimmer with a guaranteed presence in Tokyo pools, joining Gabriel Lopes and Alexis Santos. in the 200 meters, Tamila Golub and Diana Durains, both in the 1,500 meters freestyle, and Ana Catarina Monteiro, in the 200 meters butterfly.

The 20-year-old integrated master’s student in mechanical engineering and production management at Minho University has reached the second round of the European qualification in Budapest, where he will still play in the distance finals on Saturday.

Jose Paulo Lopez’s qualifications began shortly after Joana Vasconcelos finished eighth in Portuguese canoeing in Siberia.

The 30-year-old canoeist from Vila Nova de Gaia took first place in the 500m K1 race, winning the last qualifying event held in Barnaul, Russia, repeating her presence in London 2012 – she finished sixth in the races K2 500 with Beatrice Gomez and K4 500 with Helena Rodriguez, Beatriz Gomez and Teresa Portela.

The former Benfica athlete, currently without a club, expanded the sports environment, which already included Fernando Pimenta at K1 1000 meters, Emanuel Silva, Joao Ribeiro, Messias Baptista and David Varela at K4 500 and Teresa Portela at K1 200, in the speed of the competition. canoeing in Toquio2020 and Antoine Lainay in slalom.

Vasconcelos’ return to the Olympic competition follows the confirmation of Portugal’s debut in the Women’s Olympic Cross Country (XCO) by the UCI, following a qualification process that was mainly attended by Raquel Queiros.

Thus, the number of cycling spots increased to four, including another debut, also in women, with Maria Martins in track cycling, after qualifying through the omnium rating.

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In road cycling, Portugal will have two spots in Tokyo up to 23rd in the Olympic rankings, giving Portugal the right to participate in the background race with two cyclists, one of whom will be admitted to the time trial.

Nelson Oliveira’s eighth place in the 2019 World Time Trial allowed Portugal to use two cyclists on a chrono for the first time at the Olympic Games.

Handball continues to be the most representative sport in the Portuguese delegation since Portugal first took part in the sport and “officially” made its debut in the collective sports pavilion following Portugal’s participation in the 1992 Barcelona Roller Hockey Show Tournament.

In the pre-Olympic tournament, the quinas team, led by Paulo Jorge Pereira, a few days after the death of goalkeeper Alfredo Quintana, secured a final-second triumph over France with a 29-28 score, with a goal from captain Rui Silva ensuring the presence of 14 handball players.

Even with a smaller representation, athletics has 11 guaranteed places, three of which are in the women’s marathon, following the qualifications of Carla Salome Rocha (02: 24.47 hours), Sara Catarina Ribeiro (02: 26.40 hours) and Sara Moreira (02: 26.42 ).

Pedro Pablo Picciardo and Patricia Mamona, both European Athletics Champions, are guaranteed to compete in the triple jump, as is Evelis Veiga, and Auriol Dongmo, also the Continental Athletics Champion, will be in the weight launch.

Launchers Francisco Belu (in weight) and Liliana Ca (on disc) will also debut at the Games, and João Vieira, 45, has a qualification mark in the 50 km race and is due to participate in the Games for the sixth time. although she did not start the 20 km march in Sydney 2000, becoming the second luso with more attendance, one of the sailors João Rodrigues, while Ana Cabecinha secured her place on the 20 km march.

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This is followed by sailing with the “recurring” Jorge Lima and Jose Costa, who in 49th class were the first Portuguese to establish a presence in Tokyo2020, to which 24-year-old Carolina Joao joined Laser in 2021. Radial competition, brothers Diogo Costa and Pedro Costa, 470.

Equestrian has already guaranteed four spots, and Luciana Diniz, ninth in Rio 2016, guarantees her participation in the obstacle course, although it has not yet been officially announced that she will be a Luso-Brazilian heading for Tokyo.

Previously, the coaching team had already provided three athletes: places in the European Championship were won by Maria Cayetano, Rodrigo Torres, Joao Miguel Torrao and Duarte Nogueira.

Portugal will also be represented in table tennis by the men’s team that won their group in the Olympic qualifying tournament.

In Gondomar, already Olympians Marcos Freitas, Thiago Apolonia and Joao Monteiro secured a new presence in the team competition, in which they were knocked out by Austria in the first round in Rio 2016.

The team’s qualifications also guaranteed the two Portuguese a spot in the individual competition. In 2016, Portugal representatives were Marcos Freitas, who lost in the quarterfinals, and Thiago Apolonia, who were eliminated in the third round.

Fu Yu has already secured a presence in the women’s table tennis tournament through his participation in the European Games finals.

Pedro Fraga and Afonso Costa secured the light doubles qualification and ensured the return of national rowing to the Games after their absence from Rio 2016.

Veteran Pedro Fraga, 38, from Academica, will take part in the Olympics for the third time, now alongside young Afonso Costa from Naval Setubalense, 25, after fifth place in London 2012 and eighth place in Beijing 2008 in partnership with Nuno Mendes. …

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Rui Braganza, 29, stamped his passport for his second consecutive Olympic stint in the 58kg Olympic Taekwondo Tournament, as did Philipa Martins in artistic gymnastics.

Back at the Olympics, we will shoot hunting weapons with João Paulo Azevedo in the Olympic moat.

In his debut, he will surf alongside Frederico Morais as the best European athlete at the 2019 World Cup.

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

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Portuguese surfer to stop competing due to mental health issues



Portuguese surfer to stop competing due to mental health issues

O Surfer Vasco Ribeiro announced this Friday that he will not compete for some time. The athlete justified the decision with his own mental health.

Via social media, Vasco Ribeiro admitted that he had a tiring year when he was forced to seek help.

“I started competing when I was only nine years old and in the first race I started winning. In my career, everything happened very quickly, intensively and successfully, ”he began.

The athlete spoke about the exactingness to the result, which puts pressure on any athlete.

“As long as we’re winning, everything seems easy and we often don’t realize how difficult the life of a high-performing athlete is. one more to manage. I had little desire to do what matters most to me and so it was time to seek professional help to be able one day to fight for my dreams again,” he wrote.

“I decided that the most important thing right now is to focus and invest time in my mental health, because everything else starts with it: stability, family, friends, results, etc. This is my commitment and I have two beautiful daughters , which are my biggest drive and motivation for this new phase,” he added.

Vasco Ribeiro, aged 27, was national champion in various categories, European champion and junior world champion in surfing.

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Daymé Arocena launches samba in Portuguese produced by Kassin



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Daymé Arocena – Dancing and flying

The highlight of the new Cuban afro-jazz scene, singer-songwriter Daimyo of the Arocene dives into samba for the first time with a single entirely in Portuguese. “Dance and Fly” about freedom through art and produced Bag. This is the release from brownswood records.

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Inspired by the desire to get closer to people during self-isolation, the song became a source of complete joy for the artist. “Dance and Fly” gave me the energy to be happy again, to be positive again, and I will always be grateful for this song. To be able to have this element to cleanse my soul of sadness, because music is like that, music has such power.”says the artist.

Produced between Puerto Rico and Rio de Janeiro, the composition Arocena learned from Cassin, one of the top Brazilian music producers of recent decades, who immersed himself in a samba ballad inspired by artists such as Javan, Lueji Moon, Ed Motta e Gal Costa. The group was formed by Kasin on bass along with great musicians: Danilo Andrade (keyboards), David Moraes (guitar), Alexander Siqueira (drums) and Daniel Conceicao (drums).

With four studio albums in his solo career, Daime, despite being only 30 years old, has already established himself as one of the main names of new Latin American jazz, using his music as an expression of his roots, faith and soul. Currently living in Puerto Rico and inspired by the Caribbean culture, the artist is preparing new releases.

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“The Portuguese real estate market is still very fragmented, complex and offline,” says Casavo VP Investment.



“The Portuguese real estate market is still very fragmented, complex and offline,” says Casavo VP Investment.

The real estate market is constantly changing, with increasingly demanding clients and an increasingly limited supply. New technologies have become indispensable tools for companies to use them to grow in this market, which, according to Duarte Ferreira dos Santos, vice president of investment in Lisbon at Casavo, “still remains very fragmented, complex and autonomous” .

In an interview with Executive Digest, Duarte Ferreira dos Santos believes that despite the momentum that the pandemic has given to the digitization of the real estate sector, the real estate industry is still characterized by traditional, autonomous and very dependent on bureaucratic and physical processes. In his opinion, the technological solutions that have emerged in recent years allow streamlining processes, making the real estate market faster, simpler and more uncomplicated, and improving the experience of all stakeholders, whether they are buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants or even real estate agents.

Portuguese real estate market.

“The Portuguese housing market, especially in the Lisbon metropolitan area, has an interesting transactional dimension as a result of the cultural preference to buy a house rather than rent it. In addition, the housing stock in the capital is very old and obsolete, the vast majority of houses were built before the 1980s,” he explains.

To respond to an aging supply, by renovating the houses that Casavo buys, they contribute to refurbishing old buildings in the city and making them more energy efficient.

“The Portuguese real estate market, like other markets in Southern Europe, continues to be very fragmented, complex and autonomous, despite the fact that the pandemic has accelerated the change in customer behavior towards the adoption of a digital channel.” Duarte Ferreira dos Santos believes that much remains to be done in this aspect, namely in the introduction of digital tools to make the market more transparent and improve interaction with buyers and sellers.

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400 million euros for business scaling

Casavo recently raised a new €400 million investment round, which includes a €100 million Series D round and a €300 million credit line.

“The total amount raised by Casavo will be used to scale the business and strengthen its leadership in Europe. This combination of equity and debt is a recognition of our strong growth and investor confidence in our long-term vision. This round will allow us to strengthen our leadership in Europe by growing in markets we already operate in, namely Portugal, Spain and Italy, as well as expanding into new markets where France is a priority.”

A tool that allows you to instantly evaluate real estate

In this context, the VP of Investment explains that Casavo provides a tool that allows sellers to instantly value their property. “Casavo can submit an offer in 48 hours and complete a purchase in a matter of days in a single visit… Through the use of a proprietary algorithm, Casavo ensures that the submitted offer is fair and based on objective criteria.”

On the other hand, for those who want to buy a house, Casavo presents a portfolio of ready-to-live-in properties with high energy efficiency and modern and attractive design, which can be found on the platform and viewed remotely using immersive technology. .

The future of the real estate market in Portugal

Looking to the future, Duarte Ferreira dos Santos believes that “due to the lack of supply of new construction and the high demand caused by the needs of families after the pandemic, we do not expect the market for refurbished homes to be significantly affected by the situation we are facing, especially in homes , prices for which correspond to the income of the Portuguese.

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However, he sees a slowdown that could be due not only to the rise in the cost of living for families associated with the current geopolitical context, but also to the increase in Euribor rates and the new rules that the Bank of Portugal has applied to housing. loans, which can contribute to an increase in the burden of households.

“In our view, it will be increasingly important to refurbish used homes that are outdated and dated to meet the needs of families,” he concludes.

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