Collari d’Oro blue sport festival, Malagò: “Historic season, second in the world behind USA”

The Collari d’Oro 2021 was the celebration of blue sport today at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. An unforgettable year, from many points of view, from the numbers that characterized it to the emotions it gave, to the difficulties caused by the covid pandemic that made them even more beautiful and suffering. Never so many Olympic medals, 40, have been won at the Games as in Tokyo 2020 to certify the most munificent five-circle mission ever, 69 Paralympic podiums and a path embellished by a path that – between World and European Championships – has been able to hoist the tricolor up there, on the roof of the international movement. For the celebration of 12 sparkling months, technicians, Olympic athletes, managers and clubs paraded in the usual ceremony of the Collari d’Oro, the most prestigious honor in Italian sport. The ceremony was honored by the participation of the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi. On stage were present the President of Coni, Giovanni Malagò, the Undersecretary with Delegation for Sport, Valentina Vezzali, and the President of the Italian Paralympic Committee, Luca Pancalli.

Premier Draghi’s speech was sincere and moved, giving the ovation to the protagonists who filled the magical year with content. “I’ve been doing sports since I was a child, I also did it with a competitive spirit and it left an indelible mark on me. It is deeply educational, it remains for life. It is a pleasure to celebrate the successes of this fantastic 2021 and I renew my congratulations to everyone, athletes and technicians. Triumphs are never enough but we must know how to appreciate victories when they arrive. I think of all the companies, the 40 Olympic medals and the 69 Paralympic medals, with the tricolor accompanying the victories. You are in history and you have also brought the country to us. The fans remember him. We are grateful to you and we are grateful to all the coaches and your loved ones. Thanks to your talent and the world you belong to, from the Olympics to suburban gyms “.

The President of Coni, Giovanni Malagò, then revealed the overall figure linked to the successes of 2021 worldwide, representing the pride of the whole movement for the depth of the results achieved and the work of interaction between all the components, in the name of a sense of belonging that makes the difference. “I am happy, an extraordinary year like never before. Happy with the presence of everyone, starting with the President Mario Draghi, whom we thank for his presence. S.we are proud: for the successes achieved at the Olympic Games, the World Championships and the European Championships, in the current season we are second in the world, behind only the United States. It is a historic milestone, it is your merit, of athletes, technicians, managers, Federations. Being second on the planet says it all. I hug Goggia and Moioli, flag bearer in 44 days in Beijing. We want to continue to do well, starting with the Winter Games ”.

Managing the victory, as Federica Pellegrini and Valentino Rossi know, who announced their retirement and to whom I express my gratitude, is important. The victories allow us to understand who we are, to gain awareness also in relation to the future. To plan it with confidence and awareness because we must also think about what Italian sport could be in five or ten years. Maintain a long-term perspective. And remain united around a common project. The appointments are many, starting with the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina. I’m sure you will honor them with the same class. Certain medals hang on the soul, more than on the jacket, said Gino Bartali. The values ​​of sport I am sure will continue to inspire you. Thanks to everyone ”, he continued Mario Draghi who was also honored with a small auction by Gianmarco Tamberi, also expressed his opinion on the inclusion of sport in the constitution. “Sport is such an important element that it can have constitutional dignity. When we think about what is most characteristic of our formation in our life we ​​think of giving a constitutional dignity. The same is true for the environment: elements not present when the Constitution was written “.

THEThe President of the Cip, Luca Pancalli, expressed a similar feeling of gratitude. “Thanks to Premier Mario Draghi for having attended this festival of our athletes, the most precious heritage we have. We are two sides of the same coin, and thanks to all the volunteers and people who make the movement great with passion. I thank Federations, Military Corps and all organizations. Sport is not just medals but a cultural revolution, a way and an instrument to change the country for the better “.

The Undersecretary of State, with responsibility for sport, Valentina Vezzali, represented happiness – both personal and governmental – for an amazing year. “It’s a special day, I am honored by the presence of Premier Mario Draghi. Thanks to all the Federations that run the more than 110 thousand associations and then send the athletes to the Games. Sport is base and summit, which is why it becomes essential to do so walking hand in hand with the school. I am sure that President Draghi will take this into account ”.