First by Mattarella and then by Draghi: our teams have been received after the magnificent exploits of recent days
The wonderful summer of Italian sport still borders on autumn to celebrate the European gold of volleyball. This morning the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella welcomed blue and blue in the Salone dei Corazzieri at the Quirinale. Receiving balls and uniforms of the two teams. The title of the day was: we won, but the sport didn’t just happen. “Thank you for the meaning you have attributed to your victories for our country which is recovering after the suffering of the pandemic – said Mattarella -. You have won the two finals in comeback, and this in addition to determination requires a very strong character. In 2018 I met the women’s team after a world gold medal vanished by a whisker, in the final you had scored more points than the Serbs even losing. This time you have won in Belgrade. Don’t think too much about Tokyo, I’ve read some comments that I don’t agree with, in tournaments there are also other teams who can encounter moments of great form. But you have been very good and very good. In the European Championships you have also obtained individual awards which are team awards. You have been able to merge talents and team understanding ”.
“A wonderful custom”, said the president of Coni Giovanni Malagò referring to the meetings in recent days with the head of state, from the opening of the school year to the party with the Olympic and Paralympic medalists. “Precisely because of the result not obtained in Tokyo, what happened at the European Championships is truly extraordinary, something unique, sport always gives the opportunity to make up for it”. Giuseppe Manfredi, the president of Federvolley, recalled the reaction of the country and sport to the tragedy of the pandemic: “I am proud to think that our girls and our boys can be an example for many young people. Our national teams have been able to redeem themselves after Tokyo ”.
Then it was the turn of the technical commissioners. “Under the confetti of the party there is a whole world that rises to the surface only when the ball falls on the right side – said Davide Mazzanti, the blue’s coach – But in a narrative that is only black and white, sport is the palette of the grays, many small steps can be destroyed in an instant. Everything that happens in a gym is the mirror of how much we live in family, with friends and in love. Respect and love must not vanish beyond where the last ball will land ”. Fefè De Giorgi, the helmsman of the Azzurri, added: “A medal of great application, of will to get out of this difficult moment and give some hope and a future in this moment. Each team has a sort of battle cry, ours is the “we” said by the captain with the whole team responding to “Italy”. With these words we want to keep winning ”.
The strength of getting up
Ofelia Malinov spoke on behalf of the blue: “In every competition the goal is to offer a positive example to Italy. The disappointment was great, but in a short time we rolled up our sleeves, the victory in the European Championship was the result of our desire to react. Getting up after a fall makes us stronger ”. Simone Giannelli, the captain, recounted his emotion: “We are proud to have contributed to making the summer of Italian sport more beautiful. The success of the national football team was a source of inspiration for us, we needed this summer, Italy, which excels in the world of sport, is a signal for everyone to restart ”. Immediately afterwards, the Italians and the Italians moved to Palazzo Chigi to meet Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
September 27 – 13:26
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