MESA, Arizona, March 10. BRAZILIAN sprint sensation Cesar Cielo just inked a huge deal with the Minas Tenis Club down in Brazil to begin representing the organization according to a Minas announcement from today.
Cielo, who has been training under head coach Scott Goodrich as part of Sun Devil Aquatics as well as with the Mesa Aquatic club upon those two teams’ merger, is looking at engaging in some more 100-meter freestyle focused work according to Goodrich.
“Being in the United States has been a bit tough in terms of sponsorship obligations for Cesar,” Goodrich told Swimming World. “Cesar really wants to push himself in the 100, and he needs a training group for that versus just training by himself. We talked about it at the Orlando Grand Prix, and he’s going down there to see if that group fits his style.”
While in Belo Horizonte as part of the Minas Tenis Club, Cielo will also be training with 100-meter freestyle stalwart Nicolas Oliveira with head coach Scott Volkers. Part of the focus for Cielo making the change is to be in a position to help Brazil be a contender in the 400-meter freestyle relay at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The primary timing point for the Minas deal was to gain Cielo’s representation at Brazilian Nationals in April. Cielo, however, could return to Arizona for future training, but for now he has commited to Minas through the summer.