For the first time in 15 years, the Italian Club of Buenos Aires, the traditional and historic 122-year-old Caballito institution located in front of Rivadavia Park, will renew its authorities through elections.
Reaching these elections was not easy: the current leadership denied the request to call a vote on two occasions, until the insistence of the partners achieved its mission and will be the next 4th of September when the new leadership is finally elected in a context of institutional crisis.
Darío Criscuolo, who heads the Italian Identity Group, has so many years of life as a member of the club and, according to him, he has never seen the entity so fall. “We cannot ignore that the coronavirus pandemic caused havoc of all kinds in Argentina and the club also suffered it. Italian lost half of the partners (today there are 2,000) and now, without the ATP of the national government, it has a millionaire monthly operating deficit“he explained.
And he added: “But in the face of this delicate situation, the leadership closed in on itself and did not call to work together to find solutions to the problems. In any case, this attitude is not new, since it has been years since renewing charges by finger between them without allowing healthy competition or the partner having the possibility to choose their authorities. There is a massive drop in associates and the resignation of most of the leaders and in this situation there was no reaction: no containment plan, commercial action, or recovery of the members who left. Our teams are already working with them to bring them back. People want to return to the club with a new leadership. “
Darío Criscuolo heads the Italian Identity Group and runs for the presidency of the Italian Club.
Criscuolo, businessman in the automotive industry and CEO of a car rental company, who is accompanied, among others, by Alejandro Cicculli (partner of a large family and expert in sports management), Darío Signiorini (president of Fediba and COMITES), Ignacio Lentini (founding partner of the Agrupación), Cristina Roces (life member, reference in the Area of Culture, first Donna and one of the 10 female members that make up the list) raises as immediate actions in case of accessing the presidency “make transparent accounts, professionalize communication, work as a team and give the life-longs the treatment they deserve. Also, promote the sports field on Riestra avenue in Bajo Flores and above all recover the head office“.
In recent years, many neighborhood clubs gave part of their facilities so that, for a monthly fee, they were operated by companies. Thus, chains of gyms, cafeterias and offices appeared in places that the partners could previously use as their own. The Italian Club was no exception: the money that comes in from these rents is used to pay salaries and bills.
However, Criscuolo maintains that the focus should be on contractual relationships with these tenants. “Our objective is to recover the identity, and part of that is related to the headquarters. At the headquarters, spaces have been lost, with the sale of the property or concessions that, although today they help with the collection and at the time of having done so there was no other option, we believe that it is necessary to rearrange the spaces so that our headquarters are the Caballito icon that he knew how to be for a long time “, emphasizes.
The Italian Club, an icon of Caballito that seeks to resurface.
And he ensures that due to a disorderly distribution of spaces, there are sectors that cannot be used, such as the 350-seat theater. “The concessioned gym is with the employees adrift, the yard where we all grew up was unusable, the pool is closed and the partners must take care of the maintenance cost and, what is even worse, as I said many migrate to other clubs or gyms that do offer it. Our Club has top-level athletes who train with facilities and courts in very poor condition. We want to work so that they have the infrastructure they deserve. We cannot continue like this, “he concludes.