Bocce and Azzurri hard at work for the 2024 Paralympic Games

The first meeting is the World Boccia Challenger in Zagreb, scheduled for April 2-10. Federal President De Sanctis: “We are going to make ourselves known through web TV”

(gf.ft.) The Italian Petanque Federation is making every effort to try to qualify Italian athletes for the Paralympic Games in France in 2024. The first event to earn points valid for the qualification ranking is the World Boccia Challenger in Zagreb, scheduled for April 2 to 10. Riccardo Zanella BC1 (Individual and team), Ciro Montanino BC2 (Individual and team), Claudia Targa BC2 (Individual and team), Mirco Garavaglia BC3 (Individual and couple), Giulia Marchisio BC3 (Individual and couple) and Gabriele Zendron BC3 (Individual ). “We want to demonstrate, with the eventual qualification for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, how the sport of boules fully deserves a place in Olympism – declared the Federal President, Marco Giunio De Sanctis -. Being present in Paris would be extremely prestigious also because one hundred years earlier, still in Paris in 1924, the only participation of balls, although on an experimental basis, was recorded at the festival of the five circles. It is incredible how in more than 120 years of history our discipline n never managed to enter the program of the Games, as was the case for other less popular and traditional sports such as boules, often resulting from the current fashion”.

Web TV

“We hope to participate in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games with Boccia for the benefit of the image of the entire football movement”, the words of De Sanctis, who combines the importance of a possible presence in France in two years with the another strategic project of the Italian Petanque Federation: Web-TV. “It will be the federal platform where, every Saturday or Sunday, all the most relevant events will be broadcast, from series championships to majors, from award ceremonies such as the FIB Marche Award to international competitions held in Italy – explained President De Sanctis – All fans, not just members, will be able to download and connect to a special application We are talking about a potential audience of more than one million users In fact, many are those who play or have played bowls, but not necessarily in the pétanque courts affiliated with the FIB Web-TV Bocce, which will also be broadcast abroad, will be the means of making us known outside our world, this is our challenge for the future”. “The international Paralympic competitions of 2022 will be important for our athletes, in order to better face, also from a psychological point of view, the events of 2023, which will define the final ranking of Paris 2024”, concluded De Sanctis.

The meeting in Rome

In 2022, there will be several useful meetings for qualifying for the French Paralympic Games, including the World Boccia Challenger, scheduled from September 6 to 14 at the Federal Technical Center in Rome. An important step for the whole football movement. “I am happy to participate in the first international race scheduled in Zagreb”, commented the blue Mirco Garavaglia. Then, in fact, there is the stop at the Federal Technical Center in Rome. “These are similar races, I will try to do my best, but let’s think about Zagreb first. I always try to maintain a high level of concentration and think game by game.” Special training for Zagreb? “The European Championship took place in November, so I will bring with me this wealth of experience which will be very important to prepare for the next races”. “Reaching Paris – concluded Garavaglia – would be really important for my sporting career. You have to work and get as many points as possible during these two years to be able to participate in this prestigious event. The Paralympics are a very important goal for an athlete. I will try to give the best of myself”. “I am very excited – the statements of Giulia Marchisio – It is a great honor and a source of pride to have been called up to the National Paralympic Boccia Team by coaches Giada Zoli and Mauro Perrone to participate in the World Boccia Challenger in Zagreb. I am also very curious because for me it will be the first real international commitment and I will have to compare myself to other strong athletes with more experience than me. The feelings are however good. We will see what happens on the pitch”. “I prepared myself with commitment by taking care of the technical preparation for the individual competition. Last weekend I worked instead to prepare for the BC3 duo match that I will play with Mirco Garavaglia The Federation organized a meeting in Padua where, led by the coaches, but also under the watchful eye of the general manager Vincenzo Santucci, we carried out exercises and trained above all the tactics of the game, “continued Ma rchisio. “In the future, being able to play an international competition in Rome would make me very happy. Rome is special. In the capital, in 2021, I obtained my best results by finishing second in the BC3 category at the absolute national championships”, has concluded Marchisio.


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