Bocce, Raffa’s Youth World Cup in Rome with 20 National Teams competing

Chills and emotion. The young athletes of the twenty national teams at the start of the Raffa Junior World Cup on the afternoon of Tuesday 20 September 2022 experienced an unforgettable moment, parading in Piazza del Campidoglio in front of the attentive gaze, among others, of the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, of the president of Coni, Giovanni Malagò, of the president of the International Boccistica Confederation, Mutlu Turkmen, and of the president of the Italian Bocce Federation, Marco Giunio De Sanctis, who created an exciting vernissage that attracted the tourists who passed by the Altar of the Fatherland. The sport of bowls experienced an afternoon that will remain indelibly imprinted in the memories of the twenty national delegations and of all those who participated in the event that Federbocce took care of in the smallest details.

“I am very happy – President Marco Giunio De Sanctis began – We organized two world events in September, a great logistical and organizational effort, which rewarded the self-denial of all those who work for the Italian Bocce Federation. After the World Boccia International Challenger, an event in which athletes with serious and very serious disabilities participated, this week we are going to dispute the Raffa Youth World Cup. We are an amazing sport with many components, all with equal dignity and consideration ”. “We are proving that we deserve to be included in the Olympic Games program – concluded De Sanctis-. A prerequisite for this ambitious goal to be achieved is to create a unified international body capable of communicating with the CIO. Only a united policy will be able to lay the foundations for the entry of bowls to the Olympics, our most important dream ”.

“I heard my friend Marco Giunio De Sanctis talking about dreams – the words of the president of Coni, Giovanni Malagò-. It is good because all those involved in sports have to look far. De Sanctis is a far-sighted manager and his tenacity is bringing the FIB back to the panorama that he has always deserved. Giunio has great skills, an extroverted manager, an added value for the sports world ”.

In Piazza del Campidoglio also the greeting of the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, for whom “Fib is a particularly active Federation and, for this reason, I thank the president De Sanctis and all those who work for the growth of a sport great tradition. The setting of this presentation is the best business card for the Raffa Youth World Cup. Bocce deserves the same level of attention as all other disciplines, because it can be counted among the mass sports considering that everyone in life has played it at least once. Thanks to bowls, Rome once again becomes the capital of world sport ”.

Speaking on the stage in front of the Capitoline Assembly was also the President of Sport and Health, Vito Cozzoli, for whom “with sport we speak a universal language and events of this magnitude, such as that of the World Youth Bowls, they generate passion and enthusiasm. The practice of sporting activity allows us to reach the margins of society, in the most unthinkable places; moreover, sport gives a dream, because sports stories change people’s lives. To Federbocce and to the president Marco Giunio De Sanctis goes the applause for having brought a world championship event in the most beautiful and sporting city in the world ”.

To bring the greetings of the governor Nicola Zingaretti was Roberto Tavani, advisor on sport policies of the President of the Lazio Region, “always alongside Federbocce because this is a discipline that knows how to combine the competitive aspect with the social one”. After the presentation, space for the field. The national winds from 9 am on Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th September 2022 will compete on the playing lanes of the Torrino Federal Technical Center of Rome. Seven titles up for grabs: Male Individual, Male Couple, Female Individual, Female Couple, Mixed Couple, Male Precision Shot, Female Precision Shot.