President Fijlkam greeted the Azzurri who left for the World Championship on Saturday: “We are ready to close a great cycle of successes. We will be able to amaze”
“Whoever dreams wins”. With these words the president Fijlkam Domenico Falcone wanted to encourage the karate blues leaving for the World Cup to be held from 16 to 21 November in Dubai. A compact team ready to amaze made up of 19 Italians, between individuals and teams, gathered in the main hall of the Federal Olympic Center of Ostia for the official pre-departure greeting: “Without harmony, no results are achieved – underlined Falcone – and the Azzurri, with the technicians and all the staff, are proving to be even more united than before towards this great goal. I saw them very motivated, there are those who are determined to reconfirm themselves, like the Olympic bronze medalist Viviana Bottaro, and others ready to take what they failed to achieve in Tokyo. Unfortunately there will be some defections due to some injuries, but we are sure that we will be able to amaze ”. The team will be defined on Saturday, the day of departure for the United Arab Emirates.
In addition to the national team also 3 blues from parakarate who for the first time shared the entire retreat with the first team and will face with them the entire duration of the competition: “Their presence is an added value, a symbol of true inclusion. The issue of disability is close to the heart of Fijlkam, there are 520 affiliated companies that carry out activities in the sector. With this joint retreat we wanted to give substance to the word inclusion: the boys shared the gym, training sessions and moments of leisure within the Federal Olympic Center, they were a stimulus to each other. And this will be seen in the race with great results. In the next few years I hope to be able to harmonize our world even more with that of disability ”.
The World Cup will not only close a 2021 full of successes, but for some it will also be the last competition with the national team given the new federal appointments that have led to the change of technical direction: “Italy has always been a great school of karate and it will continue to be so because it was well sown in the past and still today these seeds bear fruit – continued Falcone-. A great cycle will close in Dubai and another will open: the technical director Pierluigi Aschieri after more than 40 years of success will go to lead our national school, a prestigious role for a person who has given so much to karate and Fijlkam. In his place will come Luca Valdesi, former Italian champion for years already a member of the Wkf, who will be able to work on a well-marked terrain, giving his new mark “. And Aschieri himself connected via skype during the meeting to greet the Azzurri: “Unfortunately my age, given the pandemic situation in progress, does not allow me to be there with you and to be able to accompany you in this umpteenth great adventure – he declared in his message to the Azzurri – but I follow you every day thanks to the updates from the technicians. You are working well and I know you can do well. Remember to stay focused, the head is the one that does most of the success. And then the scientific study, the Italy of karate has always been at the forefront at a technical level thanks to these in-depth studies and then verified in the field. I will continue to work for you and for the development of karate ”.
LOS ANGELES 2028
Olympic karate, for now, will not have followed up, but after the great debut in Tokyo 2020, we are already working towards the hope of an official inclusion starting from Los Angeles 2028: “Through Davide Benetello we are in constant contact with the world federation Wkf – concluded Falcone- and in the first quarter of next year there will be a first meeting on how to act for Los Angeles 2028. Surely then the Dakar 2026 Youth Olympics, where karate will still be the protagonist, will be a decisive appointment towards the return o less than the discipline at the Games. “
November 11 – 9:29 pm
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