“I think that the 700 million destined by the Pnrr to sport are very few. Sport in Italy is done because there are sports clubs, many facilities are managed by these clubs that no longer support it“This is what the president of Federnuoto said Paolo Barelliwho he was talking to Politics on the ball, the Rai radio show hosted by Emilio Mancuso, talking about funds for sports in the Pnrr. “Not only is this a PNR fund, but a mentality – which unfortunately I do not see in any political force in Parliament – to support the only resource for physical activity we have in the country which are the 100,000 sports clubs that they really take risks. do not do it“.
“Sport should be seen not only as athletes of great results, this is just the tip of the iceberg of the Italian sports movement that is based on sports clubs and old-fashioned facilities, not up to the situation . I would say that we need to look for a sensitivity that does not exist at the parliamentary level, the necessary resources are scarce and must be increased a lot. In the sports facilities we are really behind, they would have served at least 3-4 billion equip ourselves with sports facilities valid for the coming years so that we can look to the futureadded Barelli.
There is a lot of talk about the new football stadiums and Barelli. “Football is at the heart of all Italians and has its reasons for waiting or thinking about investments that make stadiums modern, but here we are talking about the basic activity. We need gyms, swimming pools, to cover the running costs. In other European countries, sports facilities have the support of municipalities, local authorities and public authorities. In Italy all this is done by sports clubs that do not. So stadiums are welcome, but first let’s try to revive the legacy of plant engineering that is really unfortunate right now. We need to start from scratch, make significant investments and put those who manage it in a position to do so. Let’s not forget that physical activity, which should be done in sports facilities and not just outdoors, is useful not only for finding new samples, but also serves to reduce the cost of public health that it is very high.“.
On March 8, several Ukrainian synchronized swimming athletes arrived at the Ostia Federal Center, a humanitarian initiative desired by the FIN and President Barelli, supported and later also imitated by other federations. Sport is also trying to play its part. “For the Ukrainian girls, Easter and Easter Monday were days of work and intense training in the pool. Together with our national youth team, the guests of the Fin and the local authorities are in Savona, which allows them to train in anticipation of the next world championships and, most importantly, the European Championships in Rome.“.
And speaking of Europeans, scheduled from August 11 to 21 in the capital, Barelli expects good results from the azzurri, especially some emerging young players, despite being a particular post-olympic year. “The boys in Italy also had some difficulties between the Covid and the indoor pools and not everyone was able to train to the fullest. The world championships will be important for some, but the key commitment will be in Rome for the European Championships where the entire national selection of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and open water swimming will take place to take place at the Lido d’Ostia . I think with the reopening of the outdoor pools and the work they have done during the winter they will have the opportunity, especially the youngsters, to improve and we had some ideas at the Italian championships in Riccione last week. Paltrinieri? He was outstanding at the Olympics, 2nd in the pool in the 800 and 3rd in 10km open water, his main races still being these.“.