ITALY – PRESIDENT OF REPUBLIC MAKES HISTORIC VISIT TO CONI HQ
14 June 2016
For the first time in the 103-year history of the Italian Olympic Committee, on 11 June the Italian Head of State met with the world of sport at the CONI headquarters.
CONI President Giovanni Malagò welcomed President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella together with Sports Minister Luca Lotti, and Italian Paralympics Committee President Luca Pancalli, CONI Secretary General Roberto Fabbricini, presidents of the National Sports and Paralympics Federations, Associated Sports Disciplines, Regional Committees, and numerous sports related bodies.
The event took place at the Stadio dei Marmi, a place Malagò described as “open to everyone”, referring to this 1930s stadium famous for the 59 huge marble statues of athletes that adorn its perimeter, an iconic landmark of the Foro Italico, the Olympic Park in the heart of the Italian capital.
” Sport represents the true flourishing image of the country”, stated Mattarella, praising CONI’s commitment towards elite sport, sport for all, and grassroots sport.
Participants included numerous Olympians of today and of the past, whose memorable feats have gained them a place in the Walk of Fame.
President Mattarella then toured the CONI headquarters, showing special interest for the Hall of Flames and its rich collection of Olympic Torches, Torino 2006 in particular. “Unfortunately Roma 1960 will be for many years ahead the sole edition of the Summer Games organised in our country…” commented Malagò.