Sailing, Palermo hosts the Paralympic class world championships: 185 athletes from all over the world arrive at Cala

Twenty-four countries from all over the world, 185 participants, 118 boats, 126 teams. These are the numbers of the World Sailing Hansa Paralympic Class, scheduled in Palermo from 2 to 9 October 2021. At Cala everything is ready to host teams and boats: mobile piers and a series of lifters have been installed to facilitate access to athletes boat. In the Castello a Mare area, a village has been created where the opening ceremony will be held (4 October at 4.30 pm), the Olympic-style parade of nations, the closing ceremony and the award ceremony (9 October).

The event, organized by the Naval League of Palermo in collaboration with the Tourism, Sport and Entertainment Department of the Region and thanks to the fundamental contribution of the Terzo Pilastro – International Foundation chaired by Emmanuele Emanuele, was presented today at the Loggiato San Bartolomeo in the presence of Giuseppe Tisci – president of the Italian Naval League, Palermo section; Manlio Messina – Councilor for Tourism, Sport and Entertainment of the Sicilian Region; Alberto Samonà, councilor of the Sicilian cultural heritage and identity of the Region; Leoluca Orlando – mayor of Palermo; Paolo Petralia – Councilor for Sport of the Municipality of Palermo; Salvatore Mussoni – president of Cip Sicilia; Carlo Bruno – delegate of the Sicily Region Lni; Francesco Zappulla – president of the VII Zone Committee of the Italian Federation. “This championship is the championship of records. Greater number of athletes than ever, greater number of boats, greater number of nations, an incredible result beyond all expectations – said Giuseppe Tisci -. In 2019 we participated in the European Championships of this class in Portugal and there we presented our candidacy. Initially it was meant to be an opportunity to let us know: the assignment of the organization to the Lni of Palermo was initially a surprise then we rolled up our sleeves to make it a springboard to contribute to the reintegration of sailing among the sports of the next Paralympics. Among other things, such an event generates repercussions in economic terms that should not be underestimated for the territory that hosts them “. Emmanuele Emanuele, president of the Terzo Pilastro Foundation commented: “I am really very pleased that the Italian Naval League, Palermo Centro section, has been awarded the organization of the Hansa World Sailing Championship, thanks also to the support – like president Tisci did not fail to acknowledge – from the Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale, which made an important contribution on my impulse for the installation of a pier equipped for the passage of wheelchairs in the Cala di Palermo and for the installation, in the Cala itself, of a houseboat by the International Panathlon Club. The two structures were fundamental in assigning the organization of the Hansa Sailing World Championship to the Naval League, proving that our constant attention to the inclusion of athletes with disabilities and the improvement of their quality of life is not only in favor of their realization in quality d sportsmen, but it is also a driving force for the international affirmation of the national Paralympic sport “. “I want to thank the Naval League – Orlando said – for organizing an edition of records: record of adhesions but also of tourist presences. But the real record is the spirit of collaboration that has been consolidated around this event. A great moment in the life of the city: from a social, economic, social point of view “. “The Italian Naval League – says Admiral Donato Marzano, president of the National Naval League – has been spreading maritime culture among the population for 124 years, bringing everyone closer to the sea and nature, even through sports such as sailing, without barriers, limits age, social category and physical or mental ability. The World Championship organized by the Palermo Section, thanks to the will and commitment of the president and members, represents a concrete example of how strong is the synergy between the Naval League and the various institutions, bodies and federations that together contribute to sport without barriers. , symbol of Italy that is starting again with the “sea in the center”. “An important moment of sport and inclusion – said Manlio Messina, councilor for Tourism, Sport and Entertainment of the Sicilian Region – which allows us to further extend the tourist season which this year has already gone very well. And launch the great international tourism fair to be held in June 2022 at the Foro Italico in Palermo. Palermo and Sicily continue to live an amazing moment thanks to the sport-culture combination, let’s not forget that in these hours the bicycles of the Giro di Sicilia are also turning on the Sicilian streets. Only in this way can our Island come out of the ford, returning to be the protagonist “. “The Paralympic Sailing World Championship – underlines the Municipal Councilor for Sport Paolo Petralia Camassa – not only represents a great demonstration of the city’s fertility, but also confirms the great network work between institutions and realities of the sports world that has led to the realization of this extraordinary event. A special thanks goes to the Naval League of Palermo which, in addition to carrying out the event with great passion, gives our territory an accessible Cala equipped with two piers designed and built for Paralympic athletes ” “This international event involving 185 athletes from all over the world is not only an important opportunity that generates a good induced in terms of hospitality, but also an extraordinary opportunity to make known the unparalleled historical and cultural heritage of Palermo, a unique city in the world that deserves to be known by all for its beauty. Since the beginning of my mandate – underlined the Regional Councilor for Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, Alberto Samonà – I wanted to sensitize the cultural structures of Sicily about the need to carry out the necessary interventions to reduce and break down the barriers that prevent a correct use of the places. This is why today the museums and archaeological parks of Sicily, thanks to an important redevelopment and modernization work, are ready to meet the vital energy of athletes and their companions with an appeal that has made them more dynamic, innovative and equipped. to welcome visitors with different needs “. Carmelo Forastieri, national president of the Hansa 303 class, spoke about the safety of these boats: “that they can also be driven by a double crew, so that even a helmsman with severe disabilities can be helped by an accompanying person. It is a particularly stable boat, being equipped with a bulb that basically does not allow it to capsize. An international regatta of this type relaunches us after the Covid emergency. The presence of so many crews is a message to underline the importance of sailing for the disabled, unfortunately since 2016 the Paralympic sailing no longer exists. The crews to beat? They are the French, Portuguese and Australian ones, but Italy will also be able to defend itself well “.

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