ROME, 27 SEPT – “In recent weeks you have shown great stubbornness. The Tokyo Olympics did not go as you hoped. But, with the calm and determination that great athletes have, you have found the right reasons to restart. You have not lost heart, you have found the team spirit. And you returned home with gold medals ”. Prime Minister Mario Draghi said this when he met the 2021 European champions of the women’s and men’s volleyball team at Palazzo Chigi. “We will remember the images of your finals for a long time. You have won against your opponents, but also against your fears. The women’s national team overcame the same team that had eliminated it at the Olympics in the final. The men’s one recovered two sets of disadvantage, and won at the decisive tie break. You have turned defeat and difficulties into the basis of your victories. A lesson not only for those who follow you, but for all of us ”. (HANDLE).