Pancalli: “A double historic milestone has already been reached”
The National Board of the CIP has given the green light to the names that make up the Italian Delegation that will participate in the XVI edition of the Summer Paralympic Games, held in Tokyo from 24 August to 5 September 2021.
Italy presents itself with the highest number of athletes since participating in a Paralympics: 113 blues engaged in 16 disciplines: athletics, badminton, canoeing, rowing, cycling, horse riding, judo, swimming, fencing, sitting volleyball, table tennis, weightlifting, taekwondo, shooting, archery, triathlon.
A Delegation led by the head of mission Juri Stara, Secretary-General of the Italian Paralympic Committee, and led by the two standard-bearers Beatrice Vio (fencing) and Federico Morlacchi (swimming) with a balanced gender representation. Sixty-one qualified athletes and 52 skilled athletes for the Games.
“We are more than a month away from the start of the Paralympic Games, and we can already celebrate a double historic milestone. Italy will present itself in Tokyo with the largest Delegation ever and with female participation higher than the male one. We will go to Japan knowing that we have a great team to give our country many joys and satisfaction.”, Luca Pancalli declares President of the Italian Paralympic Committee.
“The exponential increase in athletes who are part of the Paralympic Delegation means expansion of the base, and it means excellent work done by the CIP with all the sports associations. On the part of the Government, starting with Premier Draghi, whom I met this morning and who once again shared the path taken on sport, there is maximum availability towards this sector which I am convinced can contribute to the radical change in the culture of our country. Paralympic athletes are the same as the Olympic ones, demonstrating that sporting culture and integration go hand in hand. I am also happy that the Italian athletes are having their say. In recent years, Italian sport has been showing more and more pink, but we want the whole Italian sports movement to win “. This is what Valentina Vezzali, Undersecretary to the Prime Minister with responsibility for sport, declared in her speech on the occasion of the National Council of the Italian Paralympic Committee.
These are the athletes that will go to Tokyo:
Athletics: Martina Caironi, Monica Contrafatto, Oxana Corso, Arjola Dedaj, Ndiaga Dieng, Assunta Legnante, Alessandro Ossola, Ambra Sabatini, Oney Tapia. A pass yet to be awarded;
Badminton: Rosa De Marco (pending international commission decision);
Canoe: Veronica Silvia Biglia, Eleonora De Paolis, Esteban Gabriel Farias, Federico Mancarella;
Rowing: Lorenzo Bernard, Alessandro Brancato, Gianfilippo Mirabile, Greta Muti, Chiara Nardo, Cristina Scazzosi, Lorena Fuina (helmsman);
Cycling: Katia Aere, Pierpaolo Addesi, Fabio Anobile, Paolo Cecchetto, Diego Colombari, Fabrizio Cornegliani, Giorgio Farroni, Luca Mazzone, Francesca Porcellato, Andrea Tarlao, Ana Vitelaru;
Horse riding: Sara Morganti, Francesca Salvadè, Carola Semperboni, Federica Sileoni;
Judo: Carolina Costa, Matilde Lauria;
Swimming: Alberto Amodeo, Simone Barlaam, Federico Bassani; Luigi Beggiato, Alessia Berra, Francesco Bettella, Vittoria Bianco, Federico Bicelli, Francesco Bocciardo, Monica Boggioni, Vincenzo Boni, Simone Ciulli, Antonio Fantin, Giulia Ghiretti, Carlotta Gilli, Giorgia Marchi, Emmanuele Marigliano, Riccardo Menciotti, Efrem Morelli, Federico Morlacchi , Xenia Francesca Palazzo, Misha Palazzo, Angela Procida, Martina Rabbolini, Stefano Raimondi, Alessia Scortechini, Arianna Talamona, Giulia Terzi, Arjola Trimi;
Fencing: Matteo Betti, Marco Cima, Edoardo Giordan, Emanuele Lambertini, Ionela Andreea Mogos, Rossana Pasquino, Loredana Trigilia, Beatrice Maria Vio;
Sitting volley: Giulia Aringhieri, Raffaella Battaglia, Flavia Barigelli, Giulia Bellandi, Silvia Biasi, Francesca Bosio, Eva Ceccatelli, Sara Cirelli, Sara Desini, Francesca Fossato, Roberta Pedrelli, Alessandra Vitale;
Table tennis: Giada Rossi, Michela Brunelli, Amine Mohamed Kalem, Andrea Borgato, Federico Falco, Matteo Parenzan, Matteo Orsi;
Weightlifting: Donato Telesca;
Taekwondo: Antonino Bossolo;
Shooting: Jacopo Cappelli, Nadia Fario, Andrea Liverani, Pamela Novaglio;
Archery: Matteo Bonacina, Giampaolo Cancelli, Elisabetta Mijno, Asia Pellizzari, Vincenza Petrilli, Eleonora Sarti, Stefano Travisani, Maria Andrea Virgilio;
Triathlon: Giovanni Achenza, Anna Barbaro, Alberto Buccoliero, Rita Cuccuru, Veronica Yoko Plebani.
This is an article from La Repubblica (https://www.repubblica.it/dossier/sport/giochi-senza-barriere/2021/07/15/news/paralimpiadi_l_italia_a_tokyo_con_la_delegazione_piu_numerosa_di_sempre_e_a_maggioranza_femminile-310497643/)