“Athletes village inside the Mostra d’Oltremare? It would be perfect, here you can breathe the campus atmosphere, it would be a good solution for us”. The endorsement to the athletes village, that caused so much debate, comes from Jean Paul Clemencon, the chief of the FISU International Technical Committee, arrived in Naples today for the second time within three weeks to see the venues that will host the Universiade 2019.
“I think – says Clemencon during the visit at the diving swimming pool, where the preliminary investigations have already started before the beginning of the renovation – that the village here could be good, I like the idea of the bungalows that could be useful after the event too, and I like the location. Naples has a very hosting atmosphere, and you can feel the great sports tradition”
Clemencon, who will stay in Naples with the others sporting delegates until next Saturday to visit venues in Campania, said not to be worried: “Some venues are really beautiful, others need a little renovation, but it is an ordinary situation before an important event such as the Universiade”
As a former waterpolo player “I had not a strong pull – he said – but I was smart as Mario Fiorillo, one of the best players of all times”. Clemencon knows what it takes to reach the goal: “We have to work - he says – but we can do something beautiful. The location is amazing. Naples and its islands are rich in fascination and this is a big attraction for all the athletes.
Venues visits of the second session of the International Technical Commission are related to eight sports: basketball, fencing, diving, rugbyx7, shooting sports, table tennis, athletics, taekwondo. Today venues visits take place at Mondragone Palasport, PalaTrincone in Pozzuoli for table tennis and at Mostra D’Oltremare for diving. Tomorrow visits will take place at San Paolo Stadium, Cus Napoli, Palacercola and Baronissi Cus.
On Thursday the Presidency of the Council of Ministers will give its opinion about the Athletes Village project.