Sports Commission chair Felipe Carreras, left, met COB President Paulo Wanderley Teixeira to discuss national sports projects in the country ©Rafael Bello/COB

The chair of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies Sports Commission, Felipe Carreras, has met Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) President Paulo Wanderley Teixeira to discuss national sports projects.

Carreras also spoke to the COB Athletes' Commission, chaired by London 2012 women's modern pentathlon bronze medallist Yane Marques, which held a meeting during his visit.

The meeting came shortly after a hearing at the Chamber of Deputies - the lower house of Brazil's Congress - which discussed the nation's presence at the Olympics, fresh from a record 21-medal haul which included seven golds at Tokyo 2020.

Wanderley and COB sports director Jorge Bichara were present at that hearing.

Carreras drafted legislation approved in October 2020 that provided support to Brazilian sport during the COVID-19 pandemic, and was elected as chair of the Sports Commission in March 2021.

He explained his desire to see Brazil's performance in the Japanese capital catalyse the development of sport in the country.

"Like every Brazilian, I really enjoyed and was thrilled with the participation of our athletes in the Olympic Games," Carreras said.

"Now, after the Games, we have to take a deep look at sport.

"It's no use just counting medals and not looking at everyday life, the real Brazil, the communities on the periphery, elementary school, the physical education teachers.

"There is a lack of professionals, equipment, material and in this real Brazil we need to have a solid state policy that points to the future of Brazilian sport."

Brazil won a record 21 medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including seven golds ©Getty Images
Brazil won a record 21 medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including seven golds ©Getty Images

Carreras is deputy leader of the opposition Brazilian Socialist Party in the Chamber of Deputies, and said his visit to the COB was important as he seeks to continue supporting Brazilian sport.

"This meeting with President Paulo Wanderley and the COB Athletes Commission was very important, when we were able to talk about national sport, about what we can do in the Sports Commission and about a great opportunity, which is the updating of the Pelé law," he said.

The "Pelé law" features a number of requirements for professional sports clubs, including with regards to business law and tax obligations.

COB President Wanderley thanked Carreras for his support to date.

"Even before presiding over the Sports Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, deputy Felipe Carreras proved to be an active defender of Brazilian sport," Wanderley said.

"The project approved last year established emergency actions and brought relief to a large part of the sports community, fighting the effects of the pandemic.

"The COB, as the main entity of the national Olympic sport, is always open to dialogue with everyone who seeks solutions for and advances the sector."

Wanderley has led the organisation since 2017, following the arrest of his predecessor and former Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman.

He was re-elected for a second term in October 2020.