Atlanta Olympic bronze medallists Brazil will be blowing away the cobwebs tonight in the Macau leg of the World Grand Prix at the Macau Forum. Two-time World Grand Prix champions Brazil will be playing for the first time since taking an enforced absence from the circuit due to 'political' infighting within their federation. The Brazilians did not take part in the World Grand Prix last year and their world ranking has slipped three places to fifth. Brazilian head coach Bernardo Rocha Rezende said the team would be playing together for the first time since November 1997, when they took third place in a tournament in Japan. 'Our absence from international competition has really hurt us and now we have some catching up to do,' said Rezende. Brazil, who were World Grand Prix champions in 1994 and 1996, will take on European powers Italy in their first match tonight. They also play Asian giants Japan before challenging defending World Grand Prix champions Russia on Sunday in the match-up of the tournament. 'We still have some experienced players plus some new young players. The only problem now is that we have had just 10 days practice.' The Brazilians named a 17-strong squad which included such notable players as Leila Barros, Hima Caldeira and the very experienced Ana Sanglard. The Russians will be spearheaded by experienced spiker Evguenia Artamonova, voted the best scorer and attacker in the World Grand Prix finals in Kobe last year.