Confcommercio conference: focus on sports culture and integration

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Sport is increasingly being encouraged to have social and economic relevance, but it can also be a privileged tool to guarantee social and cultural growth, an opportunity to reject the challenges of integration and inclusion. This morning, at the Palazzo Vidoni, at a conference promoted not only by Confcommercio but also by the ASC (Confederate Sports Associations), there was talk of a sports culture that was mindful of the local community and others. A round table where many beautiful experiences were shared and compared, united by the desire to give people with different abilities the opportunity to meet.

The moderating debate was Katia Arrighi, National Councilor of the Italian Paralympic Committee, who, before starting work, wanted to present the new agreement between ASC and Confcommercio, which will bring the Coni-recognized Organ for Sports Promotion to its own. headquarters in Vidoni Palace.

“This morning is the starting point for a broader project -” said Confcommercio Director-General Stefano Anceschi. “We started from a national convention signed by our confederation, and we also decided to reject it locally. “We felt that cooperation represented a valuable opportunity, not only for us, but for the territory. We want to develop this synergy in a dynamic way”.

An obligation also confirmed by National President Oinp Antonello Calabrese. “Cooperation like these can only bring good results for young people, for the territory, for the sport”. With a programmatic commitment, Anceschi concludes, “Confcommercio will be a reference in the province of Cremona, together with the ASC, for all amateur sports associations”. Cremona is based on several beautiful experiences that reject sports, not just as a competitive spirit.

After the introductory greeting from Pancalli, the national president of the Paralympic Committee, who spoke about the importance of “reinforcing differences”, Giuseppe Bresciani, delegate to Cip Cremona, took the floor and pointed out the concept of inclusion “which requires collective commitment”) . , integration (“as an individual path”) and mediation (“creating opportunities for comparison between healthy and disabled athletes”).

Alceste Bertoletti summed up the extraordinary experience of “wheelchair tennis”, from the organization of the first world championships held in Cremona to the birth of the Baldesio rowing team.

A team where athlete Chiara Pedroni also played. “Sport was for me the opportunity to take my life back,” she confirmed excitedly. In addition to tennis, she also managed to excel in dance, and became part of the “national team”. “It is important – he continued – to create a new culture, to draw attention to the possibilities of exercising a discipline, even for those with disabilities. And then we need a revision of the rules to still ensure accessibility for all.”

“Unfortunately – as Katia Arrighi also confirmed – there are still challenges to be overcome internationally”.

Among the Cremonas also boast the city of Baskin. “A discipline – commemorates Anotonio Cigoli – born just below Torrazzo – This specialty wants to give everyone the right to express themselves in the best possible way, with the idea that only in this way real integration can be achieved. Every player is fundamental to the team and the competitive spirit sets everyone’s skills in motion, making baskin a sport in every respect.

Unlike other sports, however, weaknesses are just as necessary for victory as expertise ”. This was also confirmed by Fabio Tambani, president of Sanse basketball. “Living the sporting experience with young people who have different abilities and special psychological experiences is an opportunity for enrichment for all”. Then Tambani launches an appeal. “You have to work as a team, even in the territory. It is necessary to take as a starting point the common will to improve the quality of life and the services offered to society.”

To conclude the meeting, two speakers giving a testimony were not only attached to Cremona. Silvia Lolli recalled how “the Constitution itself states among the priorities to remove obstacles and guarantee equal opportunities”, and rejected this commitment in a broad sense. He also emphasized the school’s role as an ideal environment in which the values ​​of inclusion and integration can be raised. “” Sport – he concluded – manages to strengthen the sense of a community that is able to consciously look to its future “.

A certificate of trust for the new generations came from Katia Arrighi, who spoke of “young people who grew up without the competitive logic that had characterized their parents, more open to dialogue, acceptance, strengthening diversity”.

Finally, Elena Marzorati, national Oinp manager. “Sports, not too infrequently, really allow you to exceed your limits, sometimes even beyond any reasonable expectation.” And he quoted Bailey Matthews, an English child who suffers from cerebral palsy and who is forced to walk with a walker. Still, he managed to complete the test again, cycling and running. All alone without anyone’s help. Encouraged by the audience – and supported by the adrenaline – he left the walker and ran alone the last 20 meters. Bailey falls twice and has the courage to stand up bravely and stubbornly until he triumphantly crosses the finish line.

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