53 honors have been awarded this year: among these the Olympians Jacobs, Desalu, Patta, Tortu, Tamberi and Dell’Aquila
Sport in the Constitution, the unrepeatable year, a tribute to the two great champions who ended their careers, Federica Pellegrini and Valentino Rossi. Mario Draghi arrives when the awards ceremony for the athletics blues is coming to an end. We are at the close of the Golden Collars ceremony and the premier begins by recalling: “I was educated to play sports as a child, I always did it at a certain moment, even at a competitive level, and it left an indelible mark on me, a memory that it remains for life “. Then there is a question from Sara Simeoni: “Why not re-propose the Youth Games after this fantastic competition?”. “When did they stop them?”. Then Draghi begins his official speech: “A great pleasure to be here. There has been a lot of talk about the extraordinary year, I’m sure that triumphs are never enough but you have to appreciate the victories when they arrive. The fans remember them all. I think of the comebacks in the corners, the penalties scored and saved. You entered history and brought us the whole country. The successes are the result of your talent but also of the sports system you are part of “. Then Draghi mentions Federica Pellegrini and Valentino Rossi. “Sport has many important moments ahead of us next year. I invite you to watch these events with the same passion. But we must also think about what will happen between 5 and 10 years, starting with the Milan-Cortina Olympics. Gino Bartali used to say: certain medals hang on the soul, not on the jacket ”. Then the possibility of including sport in the Constitution. “A subject so important in our lives that it can have constitutional dignity. I am totally in favor of this possibility “.
Second in the world
Giovanni Malagò said he was proud. “This season is unrepeatable – explained the president of Coni – We have done the calculation, between the European, World and Olympic Games, we are second in the world, only the United States are ahead of us. Being second on the planet out of 206 Olympic committees says it all. My hug goes to Sofia Goggia and Michela Moioli who will bring the flag to Beijing ”. Then it is the turn of the Paralympic president Luca Pancalli, who sees in the presence of Draghi “a political signal” and mentions the extraordinary work of the sports clubs “which keep the doors open to the thousands of dreams of our young people. What Italian sport has done is something extraordinary ”. Also Valentina Vezzali, undersecretary for sport, underlines with thanks to the federations and sports clubs, everyone’s attention to sport and for everyone, starting from school, school and sport must go hand in hand “.
December 20 – 13:57
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