"There isn't a direct relation to the 2016 Games; but we know many athletes coming to this event is to adapt to the customs, food and climate of the country."
The Brazilian Paralympic Committee in association with the Brazilian Confederation of Sports for the Visually Impaired (CBDV) hosted their first annual training camp for judo this past week.
The camp was organised by the CBDV president Sandro Laina and was an open event featuring athletes from Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Great Britain, USA, Mongolia, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sweden and Uruguay.
"The training is part of preparing our selection for international events," Laina said.
"What we did was put it near an international championship that we are promoting in order to add technical value to visitors, especially athletes."
With the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games drawing closer, the event drew a large interest among the competitive judo circuit.
"There isn't a direct relation to the 2016 Games; but we know many athletes coming to this event is to adapt to the customs, food and climate of the country," Laina said.
The event is planned to continue next annually between March and May each year, and next year specifically it will be used to train volunteers and officials for the Paralympic Games.