Beijing: Azzurri at the Quirinale, Mattarella: ‘War is the opposite of the Olympic spirit’ – Sport

The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, received this morning at the Quirinale the Olympic and Paralympic medalists and a representation of Italian athletes who participated in the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. The ceremony opened with the performance of the national anthem by the Junior Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. The President of the Italian National Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malagò, the President of the Italian Paralympic Committee, Luca Pancalli and the Undersecretary of State to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Valentina Vezzali, took part. Subsequently the standard bearer of the Olympic team, Michela Moioli and the standard bearer of the Paralympic team, Giacomo Bertagnolli, returned the national flags with the signatures of the Olympic and Paralympic medal-winning athletes to the Head of State. President Mattarella, after giving the athletes a commemorative medal, greeted those present. The meeting was attended by the managers of the IOC, CONI and CIP, the technical commissioners of the medal-winning disciplines, and the heads of the Armed Forces and the State Corps representing their respective sports groups. At the end of the event, the Olympic and Paralympic anthems were performed.

“You have honored our flag with your commitment and your results: every morning I looked at the column of the medal complex which gives an idea of ​​the amount of talent”. Thus the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, at the ceremony for the return of the flag by the Italian athletes returning from the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

“War is the opposite of the Olympic spirit”. Thus the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, at the ceremony for the return of the flag by the Italian athletes returning from the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. “Having continued in spite of everything has recalled the principle of peace and freedom of democracy”.

“Despite the horrible images, reasonableness is recovered in the world, with the support of those who resist, with the constant exhortation to find the reasons for peace”, an exhortation to “peace and collaboration is not only such, it is a call to values”. So Sergio Mattarella at the ceremony with the Olympic and Paralympic athletes

“Welcome back President”. Thus the n.1 of Coni made his debut at the ceremony of delivery of the Tricolor to the Quirinale addressed to the Head of State, Sergio Mattarella. “Before celebrating the achievements carried out in Beijing, I cannot fail to make a consideration. We left on 23 December at the handover of the flag with an affectionate embarrassment – he said referring to the expiry of the presidential term and then to the re-election of Mattarella -. We are very happy to say welcome found President, athletes and athletes cheered for her. I think it’s the right thought for everything he has done for us over the years “.

“It was a great adventure”. This was stated by Michela Moioli, Olympic standard-bearer in Beijing before the ceremony for the return of the flag in the Quirinale with the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella talking about the Chinese winter Olympics. Alongside the Moioli also Sofia Goggia. “I managed to do something incredible – said the Olympic silver in downhill – The rest of the pre-race controversies are just talk. I am satisfied with what I did because it was not at all obvious”. At the Quirinale also the Paralympic delegation led by the standard bearer Giacomo Bertagnolli. “We arrived here and for me it is the fourth time but it’s always exciting. It’s always nice it doesn’t happen to everyone. If we’re here it’s because we did well. Then there’s Mattarella again. We are always the same” said the flag bearer jokingly. Paralympic in Beijing. “It was a particular Paralympic Games not only for the emotions, this one left us a lot – continued the four-time medalist in Beijing – The level compared to 4 years ago has risen, we did not expect these results. The next ones are at home. and this pushes me to continue. Every year there are new reasons and Milan-Cortina is one of them. There has been a lack of public between Korea and China. Let’s hope there will be in Milan “.


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