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– ROME, AUGUST 20 – “For good luck I do not make forecasts of medals, but I am optimistic: in Tokyo we can do well”. This was stated by the president of the Italian Paralympic Committee, Luca Pancalli, before embarking at Fiumicino airport on the Alitalia flight to Tokyo together with the national athletics, shooting, judo and paratriathlon teams whose assistance at departure he has provided since from the moment of arrival at check-in to the gate, Adr Assistance staff, a company of the Aeroporti di Roma Group.
“At the recent Tokyo Olympics, the Azzurri, with their 40 medals won, were extraordinary: an away match that will remain in history. I hope – added Pancalli – that this ‘second half’ of international and Italian sport will also give us great satisfaction. We have, in fact, a team that already in itself represents, in numbers (115 athletes divided into sixteen different disciplines, ed), an extraordinary result, because it is the largest delegation of all time. Swimming will surely give us great satisfaction but I am convinced that the satisfactions will come from all disciplines, because all the boys worked in the best possible way despite the postponement and the period of the hard lock-down “. “The Federations – he said again – have put them in the right conditions to be able to do so, as have their sports associations, state bodies, military sports groups. The conditions for doing well are therefore there: yes, I am optimistic “. Before boarding the Alitalia plane, President Pancalli thought of Alex Zanardi: “I never stopped thinking about Alex. This, in fact, would probably have been his last Paralympic Games. So much so that we wanted to put a photo of him in our media gallery. I think that in Tokyo – he concluded -, in each of the athletes, there won’t be a day when they won’t have a thought for Alex. ” (HANDLE).