The Napoli 2019 Universiade is not only about medals and record attendances, but also about the life experiences of those who took part in this event, contributing to its success.
Napoli 2019 Ambassadors Massimiliano Rosolino and Patrizio Oliva, living legends of world sports, do not hide their pride and enthusiasm regarding this great achievement.
“There are no words to describe the emotions I felt for my city: as a citizen, supporter and athlete – Rosolino told us – I was able to witness the too often overlooked energy, vitality and resources of Naples. The milestone reached with the Universiade is only the first in a long series of events that I hope will be hosted in our city and Region. We must feel proud, not only because we created something beautiful, but because we did it before the eyes of the world”.
Patrizio Oliva defined it a fascinating experience: “We overcame a challenge that seemed almost impossible, showing how miracles can happen when working in perfect harmony and with a common objective. Each sector has done its part and we were able to offer the world a life lesson, all thanks to the efforts made. We accomplished this feat thanks to the work of a team guided by an extraordinary Commander: without a tenacious person such as Basile, we would have never been able to achieve this result”.
The boxing champion also reminds the volunteer campaign for Napoli 2019 where he had a key role: “I still remember that after the first call at the end of March, in less than 24 hours, we received 1500 applications. The message I wanted to convey was the sense of belonging to this territory: it was important to prove the future of our youth is a healthy future and the response of the volunteers has been extraordinary. I took part in 9 Olympic Games, with different roles, but the passion I saw during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies was incredible. These wonderful days have shown the real image of Naples, far from the same old stereotypes and clichés. I am happy and proud of my city.”
Rosolino underlines the passion and determination of Universiade team as well: “What struck me the most was the enthusiasm of the people involved, from volunteers to staff members, people who strongly believed in the event, who worked day and night hoping everything would go for the better, overcoming any fear. It was a great event because Naples is energy, desire to win and, above all, pride. I am very happy for having been part of this great event. Thank you, Universiade”.