60 days to the European Championship.  Barelli: it will be a party for Rome and Italy

Paolo Barellipresident of the Federnuotocounts down: the car is started and the blue group will finally be able to experience the thrill of a great international event at home.

What European will it be? «I expect the stands full, with Europe finding itself in the most beautiful plant in the world after the tragedy of the covid, the closure of the swimming pools, the economic difficulties resulting from the war in Ukraine. It will be a party for the city of Rome and for all of Italy “.

From the 2009 World Cup to the 2022 European Championship «I hope that the races that we will see in two months can strengthen the positive image of our athletes, the growth of our movement which today, compared to 13 years ago, has many more arrows in its bow. Italian swimming is a winner and represents a model ».

Swimming, diving and synchro in Rome. Open waters in Ostia «It will be nice to involve the beaches of the coast in the middle of summer. While the rest of the disciplines will be concentrated in the swimming stadium area. With the Pietrangeli synchro and dives from great heights in the tennis court 1 and 2 area: the original idea was to place the 27-meter tower in the Castel Sant’Angelo area but authorizations and timing will not allow it. Everything will be equally spectacular with the dome of San Pietro, the Tiber and the city collected in a splendid postcard and everything will be more accessible to the public with the facilities just a few steps away in the park of the Foro Italico ».

Swimming is healthy “There is a greater awareness of our value. Compared to 2009, in a World Cup remembered above all for Federica Pellegrini’s gold and world records, Alessia Filippi’s gold and bronze, we have grown in quantity and quality ».

There is definitely a “but …” «… But the difficulties that our societies have to face are great. First the closure of the plants, then the energy crisis with the bills more than doubled. Here, Rome 2022 will be the right recognition for all the efforts that have been made in recent months. Competitive activity has a significant cost in the balance sheet of a company and is the first to be sacrificed in times of crisis. Being able to count on a young, heterogeneous blue group of great value is the proof of the work of all Italian companies. Without forgetting that there is still a long way to go ».

A first call of 30 million, a second of 48 million to support the companies. Yet, from the outside, there is the perception that politics struggles to understand the importance of sport, especially grassroots “The reality is that the blanket is short: there are socio-economic areas that have a greater weight in the life of the country, this is a fact. As it is a fact that sporting activity is not yet considered adequately. But step by step we are trying to change things. The upcoming calls are a signal, they will not be enough to cover the losses of all these years but it is a first step ».

Medals will arrive in Rome and more “We have made symbolic choices, such as the two living mascots (the dogs Lea and Gastone, ed) because we also want the world of salvation to be represented in Rome 2022. We are a country that has wonderful coasts and everyone must be able to live them safely. Federnuoto does not only take care of the champions but also of guaranteeing the protection of citizens in the water, training the lifeguards and disseminating rules and tools to experience bathing responsibly ».

Relations with Fina, the international federation, and with Len, the European swimming league, are collaborative to contribute to the success of the event. «I gave my contribution to Len (Barelli was president from 2012 until a few months ago, ed) bringing it to levels of excellence. Everything has a beginning and an end. Having said that, we will hold a great European championship for Italy, for Rome and for the image of our country which has lived and is going through difficult moments ».

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