“Full solidarity with the volleyball champion”
“Full solidarity to the volleyball champion Paola Egonu from President Draghi in the phone call this morning. The Italian athlete is a pride of Italian sport, he will have future opportunities to win other trophies wearing the national team jersey”. The Prime Minister Mario Draghi, as stated on the twitter account of Palazzo Chigi, phoned Paola Egonu, star of the national volleyball team. The blue, 23 years old, yesterday was the protagonist of an outburst (“They even asked me why I’m Italian”) after the victory in the final for third place at the Volleyball World Cup and proposed the possibility of leaving the national team for a period.
The case has become a topic of discussion in the political sphere. “The Italian volleyball girls for the bronze medal are very great. A stronger hug to Paola Egonu, champion on and off the field, to whom we still wish many victories with the Tricolore on her chest”, Matteo Salvini, leader of the League, wrote on twitter.
“It hurts to hear the outburst of Paola Egonu who, after dragging the national team to the world bronze, says she is tired, of being asked ‘why are you Italian?’ and of wanting to leave the blue jersey “, wrote on Facebook the national secretary of the Italian Left, Nicola Fratoianni
“I don’t know what happened and who asked you such an insulting question – continued the parliamentarian of Verdi and Sinistra -. This is unfortunately the condition of many Italians in our country, who for some are not Italians. And Paola’s tears. these are the tears of many and many. One should only be grateful to the strongest volleyball player in the world. Come on Paola Egonu, – concludes Fratoianni – you have always honored your jersey and your nation “.
“A big hug to Paola Egonu, our volleyball champion, pride for our country. Her tears of yesterday are a wound for the whole community. Unfortunately, racism is still frequent and intolerable in a society that must be cohesive. How many women and men still have to suffer insults and discrimination for the color of their skin? It is the task of all of us to give strong and clear messages against any discrimination and form of intolerance “, wrote Roberto Fico on his social profiles.