The former fencer has been appointed Undersecretary for Sport: a delicate role in a fundamental moment, a challenge she is ready to win
The Council of Ministers has given the green light to the appointment of Valentina Vezzali as new undersecretary to the presidency of the Council with responsibility for Sport, as desired by Mario Draghi.
The news had already been circulating for a few days, but only on March 12 did it become official after the final approval of the government. This is not the first political experience for the former fencer, who a few years ago joined the party founded by Mario Monti. Certainly, however, she is not one who compromises or loves half measures and perhaps it is precisely for this reason that the Prime Minister Mario Draghi wanted her in this role, in such a delicate moment for sport, which is heavily penalized. from the pandemic.
And she has always had clear ideas, as shown by her palmares: 3 times Olympic gold in Individual Foil (but there are 6 Olympic golds won, plus a silver medal and two bronze medals), 16 world golds and 13 Europeans . Two golds at the Mediterranean Games and finally 5 golds and three silvers at the Universiade. You don't get these numbers if you don't want not only to do, but to be the best. “Sport is this: sweat, sacrifices, training. And then you win or lose ”, has always been his slogan. A maxim that Valentina Vezzali has also applied in life, with that determination that has pushed her higher than all and made her the most medal winner in all of the blue sport.
Icon to the point that the Olympic Committee asked her to donate the suit of the third gold won in Beijing, so that it could be exhibited in the Lausanne museum, between Carl Lewis' shoes and Sotomayor's shorts.
In 2012 she was standard-bearer at the opening ceremony of the London Games and is among the five athletes in the world to have stood on the podium for five consecutive Olympic editions. Results of this type cannot be obtained without hunger and ferocity, the same that has always allowed her to combine personal life, sport and family. Because between a workout and a race Valentina Vezzali does not give up being a mother and sharing every moment, every effort, but also every joy with her children. It is with the eldest son Pietro who shows up on the platform in Beijing. Andrea arrives shortly after the London Olympics and just before challenging the foil again in time for his last world championship.
In between, there is also a participation in Dancing with the stars in 2009 and various social projects that exploit sport as a means of inclusion, as well as being a testimonial for Aism, the Italian Multiple Sclerosis Association.
Strongly a believer, so much so that he said that one of the most beautiful moments of his life was the meeting with Pope Francis, after the Rio Olympics, on the day of his farewell to sports, he said: "After every end there is always a start. Today, outside the window, I do not see a sunset, but the dawn of new challenges … to be faced and won ". And now he has a huge challenge, that of restoring the sport and reorganizing it from within. But we are sure that even in this case it is ready to parar blows and counterattack, as it has always done, winning.
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