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Luxembourg: Karateka of Cape Verdean origin wins third place in Italian competition 01 Setembro 2015

Jordan Neves, a Luxembourg-based karateka originally hailing from Ribeira Grande, on the island of Santo Antão, continues to garner excellent results in the tournaments in which he represents Luxembourg. Last weekend, Neves grabbed third place in the Lignano Open in Italy, which brought together 1,197 athletes from 21 different countries.

Luxembourg: Karateka of Cape Verdean origin wins third place in Italian competition

According to a number of Luxembourger newspapers, Neves says his win against Italy’s Simone Benincasa demonstrates his form. Neves is now looking ahead to the world under-21 championship, slated to take place between November 12 and 15 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“This result is confirmation that I’m on the right path for the world championship. I was very happy with my performance and it was excellent preparation for the world championship,” said the athlete, the son of Cape Verdean immigrants.

In addition to being able to participate in the 2015 world under-21 championship, Jordan Neves also hopes to be a member of Luxembourg’s Olympic Committee, which would guarantee the financial support needed to take part in any tournament abroad, as well as medical and educational support.

Another of the 17-year-old’s dreams is to travel to Cape Verde to exchange experiences with local athletes. “I’ve thought about going to Cape Verde several times, hopefully accompanied by my father and, if possible, a number of colleagues from Luxembourg for an exchange with Cape Verdean athletes. This is one of my wishes,” concludes Jordan Neves.

Before this can happen, the KC Differdange athlete is training for the 2015 Lion Cup, scheduled for September 12 in Strassen, and for the European Championship of Small States, which will take place on October 10 and 11 in Cyprus.

As was the case last year, Jordan Neves this year received the Sportlycée merit award, as well as a merit award from the Federation of Martial Arts of Luxembourg.

Neves was Luxembourg’s national under-14 champion in 2011 and under-16 champion in 2012 and 2013. In January of this year, he achieved first place in the 68-kg under 18 category at the Michael Milon Cup in Bettembourg, as well as second place in the Austria Open.

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