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Italian players welcomed by Prime Minister Enrico Letta

Italy, bronze medallists in the 2012 London Olympic Games, now have their sights on World League success as they head to Mar del Plata, Argentina for the Finals

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 12, 2013 - Italy’s men’s national team met with the country’s Prime Minister, Enrico Letta on Wednesday at the Palazzo Chigi, following their qualification for the Final Six of the World League.

The delegation was led by the president of the Italy Volleyball Federation (FIPAV), Carlo Magri who was accompanied by the president of the Italy Olympic Committee (CONI), Giovanni Malagò in addition to coach of the Italian men’s team, Mauro Berruto, the team’s technical staff and fourteen athletes who will take part in the Final Six in Mar del Plata scheduled July 17 to 21.

"Being here today is really a pleasure,” said  Giovanni Malagò . “I've always been close to the world of volleyball and this discipline is a driving force for the entire nation.  I would like to praise coach Berruto who is competent man with a great personality."

President Magri said, "It is not the first time that we are welcomed here, but it's always a great honour especially on such a special occasion. I am happy because today's visit recognises our sport. I believe that the Federation has a vital social function and the Prime Minister welcoming us here to today is the proof."

"It's impossible to hide our pride in being here today,” said coach Berruto. “We are happy to represent our country and we will do everything to continue to honour the blue shirt we wear and will always try to keep flying our flag. Let's go to Argentina thinking about the future, but with the desire to make our present, unforgettable."

Also in attendance were  Roberto Fabbricini (General Secretary of CONI), Michele Uva (Director General of CONI),  Peter Bruno Cattaneo (Federal Vice-President), Luciano and Francesco Cecchi (Federal Council), Alberto Rabiti (Secretary General of FIPAV).

The World League Finals is scheduled to take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina from July 17 to 21. 


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