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Zuzanna Sklepowicz to join Alpo Basket

Zuzanna Sklepowicz to join Alpo Basket

04/07/2022, Italy, Multi Sports, Italy Publications, Article # 30764984
Zuzanna Sklepowicz, Photo: BasketInside.com

 VERONA – Alpo Basket 99, the Italian Serie A2 women’s basketball club have announced the signing of Polish player Zuzanna Sklepowicz, as first revealed by BasketInside.com.

 Sklepowicz was born in Wroclaw on 20 December 1996. She is 173 cm tall and plays in the point guard position. For the last three seasons she has played at AZS-UMCS Lublin in Poland. During the 2018/19 season she played at AE Sedis Básquet in Spain. Previously she played for SMS PZKosz Lomianki and then for Ślęza Wrocław, her hometown team. Moreover, the Polish player appeared for he the national team 15 times, having been a part of the U16, U18 and U20 youth national teams. Now she will be the third foreigner basketball player in the history of club in Verona.

 "I am a player who loves making the teamplay. I like shooting, as well as putting my teammates in shooting positions, while in defence I know how to put pressure on the ball and be aggressive," said Sklepowicz during the interview.

 The Polish basketball player also highlighted that she had no doubt about joining the Alpo Basket. "I talked to my agent and we said that Italy would be the best place for me. I liked the idea and I immediately said yes when Alpo contacted me. I know what they expect from me and I am ready. Verona is a beautiful city and I'm sure I'll be fine there."

 Sklepowicz is looking forward to the beginning of the pre-season. She already has valuable experience in playing abroad, in Spain. “I have wonderful memories of that season and I hope that the experience at Alpo will be just as good," she rounded off by saying.

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Paltrinieri wins gold in the 10km open water swimming as Mens water polo book semi-final spot

Paltrinieri wins gold in the 10km open water swimming as Mens water polo book semi-final spot

30/06/2022, Italy, Multi Sports, Italy Publications, Article # 30760689
Paltrinieri won his fourth medal of the Championships with gold in the 10km open water

BUDAPEST - It was a double Italian success at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest. A fantastic swim from Gregorio Paltrinieri won gold in the 10km open water swimming. Just behind him, after an equally sensational swim, was Domenico Acerenza in second place.

 It is the first time in history that Italy have won two medals in a men’s event at the World Championships. “It’s a dream” said Paltrinieri speaking to RaiSport after the win. “First and second was the best thing that could have happened. Being on the podium together was amazing. We have trained together for 10 years and he is my best friend.”

 For Paltrinieri it was his fourth medal of the Championships having also won gold in the 1500m, silver in the 5km open water and bronze in the relay.

 He said that “I am going back with four medals. A very good haul. I am very happy. I thought I could do well, to show myself that I could do anything. While you prepare you worry a lot but then seeing the results is really satisfying.”

 Elsewhere in Budapest the Italian water polo overcame the home side to book their place in the semi-final.

 They will now face Greece in two days’ time having won a tight game 11-10 as they seek to defend their world title. 

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Roma and Lazio discover their 2022/23 Serie A fixture list

Roma and Lazio discover their 2022/23 Serie A fixture list

24/06/2022, Italy, Multi Sports, Italy Publications, Article # 30755732
The Stadio Olimpico will host both S.S Lazio and AS Roma games in 2022/23

ROME – The city’s two top flight football clubs discovered their fixture schedule for the forthcoming 2022/23 Serie A season. 

S.S Lazio will host Bologna on the opening matchday of the season at the Stadio Olimpico while AS Roma will travel to Campania to face U.S. Salernitana 1919. Both games will take place across the weekend of the Aug. 13 with exact days and kick off times to be finalised later.

AS Roma’s first home league game will then be week later where they will play newly promoted U.S. Cremonese. On the same weekend S.S Lazio will make their first away trip of the season to take on Torino.

The two clubs will face each other for the first time in the Derby della Capitale on Oct. 6 with the second derby of the season on March 19.

This season there will be a unique midseason break due to the Qatar World Cup being held in winter with a complete break from Serie A football from Nov. 13 to Jan. 4.

On the final day of the season on June 4 AS Roma will finish off their season at home against Spezia while S.S Lazio will face one final road trip to Empoli.

With both clubs playing sharing the home ground of the Stadio Olimpico it means that during the regular season there will be a match in Rome on every weekend of the Serie A season.

Last season S.S Lazio finished above their city rivals in fifth place on 64 points while AS Roma finished one point and one place below in sixth.

Both Rome clubs are also in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League this season with the draw for the competition set to take place on Aug. 26, 2022.

 

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Double Italian success at the World Aquatic Championships

Double Italian success at the World Aquatic Championships

22/06/2022, Italy, Multi Sports, Italy Publications, Article # 30753891
Thomas Ceccon and Benedetta Pilato after the gold medal swims

HUNGARY - Thomas Ceccon and Benedetta Pilato both picked up gold medals on a successful day for Italian swimming 

 It was raining gold for the Italian squad at the swimming World Championships thanks to Thomas Ceccon and Benedetta Pilato. Ceccon became the first Italian to win a 100m backstroke title while Pilato at just 17 years old won the women’s 100m breaststroke.  

 Ceccon won the final of the 100m backstroke establishing a new world record for the distance. The 21 year old from Thiene clocked a time of 51:60, lowering the record by 25 millisecond from the 51:85 set by the American Ryan Murphy at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. The former Olympic gold medallist had to settle for silver in Hungary with a time of 51:97. Third was Hunter Armstrong in 51:98.

 Ceccon’s medal was the first in the 100m backstroke for Italy. The young man from Venezia was unable to hide his satisfaction: “It is a very quick time, yesterday I was also able to do it but I was not expecting to do it so quickly. A world record for an Italian is something big. Few people have done it” he underlined after having been crowned world champion. “Today I knew I had no rival. There were two Russians missing, with them it would have been an even better challenge. The goal isn’t this. It is something bigger.”

 Shortly afterwards more success came with the 17 year old Pilato in the 100m breaststroke. With a great comeback in the final 25m, she stormed past her rivals in a time of 1:05:93, beating the German Anna Elendt right on the finish line who finished in 1:05:98 and the Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte in 1:06:02. Knocked off the podium was Lilly King, the 2017 World Champion in the 50m and 100m, as well as the 2016 Olympic champion, Tokyo bronze medallist and world record holder. The rising star of Italian swimming, a 50m specialist, redeemed herself after a bad day in Tokyo where she finished in a medal position but was later disqualified.

 “I was already happy having reached my first world final in the 100m. Having won it is truly amazing. I am so happy and satisfied with my work and performance.” The 17 year old from Taranto commented. “From the silver in Gwangju many things changed. It’s three years that seem like more because expectations are increasingly demanding. I also had a few physical problems that have affected me. I have learnt to react positively to negative results. I am still developing although I remain the youngest in the squad but I enjoy it.”

 The excellent performance of the youngster came on a day when Simone Quadarella, the defending 1500m freestyle champion, could only finish fifth in a final dominated by Katie Ledecky. The America dominated in a time of 15:30:15 ahead of her compatriot Katie Grimes (15:44:89) and the Australian Lani Pallister (15:48:96). The Italian finished in 16:03:84. “It was a nightmare” she said at the end of the race.

 

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Mediterranean Power - Mare Nostrum, a charity rowing project

Mediterranean Power - Mare Nostrum, a charity rowing project

15/06/2022, Italy, Multi Sports, Italy Publications, Article # 30742674
Davide Tizzano and Prof. Avv. Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele

ROME - The project 'Mediterranean Power - Mare Nostrum' to be presented on June 15: a physical well-being and social initiative alongside the 19th edition of the Mediterranean Games.

 The presentation of the initiative will take place at the Aniene Rowing Club in Rome. 

 The 19th edition of the Mediterranean Games will be held in Oran, Algeria, from Saturday 25 June to Wednesday 6 July. It promises to be an enthralling encounter of different people and cultures in a background of Olympic sport.

 For the first time in the 70-year history of the multi-disciplinary event (4500 athletes from 26 countries are expected), the presidency of the Confederation of the Mediterranean Games (CIJM) is Italian, entrusted to the two-time Olympic champion Davide Tizzano, gold medallist in Seoul 1988 and Atlanta 1996, currently director of the Olympic Preparation Centre in Formia (LT).

 Physical well-being, sport, and social commitment. In time for the prestigious Games, the ambitious 'Mediterranean Power-Mare Nostrum' project will be launched, supported by the Fondazione Terzo Pilastro - Internazionale chaired by Prof. Avv. Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, together with the Confederation of Mediterranean Games (CIJM). This is a communication campaign dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer, which scholars and experts reaffirm is a multifactorial disease of unknown aetiology, currently widespread, and according to statistics, is still one of the leading causes of death from neoplasia worldwide. An ad hoc session is planned, through the distribution of information leaflets and illustrative videos in the different Mediterranean languages (English, French, Arabic, Spanish and Italian). With all of this, the event in Oran will be enriched with a pioneering social programme, aimed at raising awareness among the participating athletes, coaches and managers and beyond. The competitions will be an opportunity to amplify the prevention initiative, aimed at changing the structural approach towards breast cancer, with the support of Algerian associations in the sector.

 The 'Mediterranean Power-Mare Nostrum' project will be presented to the press for the first time at the Circolo Canottieri Aniene in Rome on Wednesday June 15 at 11:00 am. The message will focus on promoting rowing activities (rowing and dragon boating) as disciplines that can improve the lives of women who have fought or are still fighting their personal battle against breast cancer on a daily basis. Indeed, the benefits of rowing, which are widely recognised on a medical-scientific level, are considerable: not only emotional benefits, but also vascularisation and muscular retuning, if combined with correct rowing technique. Hence, an innovative combination of integrated medicine in the oncological rehabilitation field, already experimented in Italy at the Polo Sportivo di Prevenzione Oncologica (Oncological Prevention Sports Centre) based in Formia, which will have an addendum dedicated to the Mediterranean Games, an event that from this year has decided to convey this message of prevention and rehabilitation in all the countries belonging to the Confederation.

 Davide Tizzano, Prof. Avv. Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele and Isidoros Kouvelos, President of the International Olympic Academy, will speak at the press conference presenting 'Mediterranean Power-Mare Nostrum'.

 

 

 

 

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Has the #MeToo era finally dawned in women’s tennis?

Has the #MeToo era finally dawned in women’s tennis?

03/06/2022, Italy, Multi Sports, Italy Publications, Article # 30731528
Pam Shriver

 PARIS - Cases of sexual abuse on the women's tennis tour are coming to light as commonplace in the sport as women testify their experiences. 

 For decades female empowerment has been integral to women’s tennis.  It may have started as a slogan—You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! —but it soon became a reality.  Players are now among the most popular and best paid athletes in the world.  But like the little bug that undergirds the most beautiful butterfly, tennis has long hidden under its glamorous exterior, an ugly truth.  Women’s tennis is a petri dish of sexual abuse.

 In the past year, deeply troubling events forced the secrets of the circuit into the headlines.  First, the former World Number One doubles player, Peng Shuai, posted an internet accusation that Zhang Gaoli, the retired Vice Premier of China, had assaulted her and coerced her into a sexual relationship.  That she then disappeared and belatedly recanted her accusations did nothing to kill the controversy.  Quite the contrary, the WTA cancelled all its tournaments in China until it could speak directly to Peng Shuai and verify her safety.

 Subsequently, Pam Shriver added powerful evidence about inappropriate relationships on the women’s tour.  Winner of multiple Grand Slams doubles titles, Shriver has stayed close to the game as an on-camera TV commentator.  Shortly before the French Open, she spoke out about her distressing experience of sexual abuse.  Now 59 and the mother of three, Shriver revealed that from the age of 17 until 22 she was intimate with her long-time coach, Don Candy, a married man three decades her senior.  Shriver said that at the time she regarded the relationship as consensual; she didn’t see herself as a victim.  But as years passed and she received therapy, she concluded that there had been a serious boundary offense and a violation of professional ethics on Candy’s part.  She compared what happened to her to taboo sex between doctors and patients, lawyers and clients, and even guards and prisoners.  Because of the inherent power imbalance, no underage tennis player is in a position to give informed consent.  

 Shriver said she had been aware during her career of girls who had suffered the same or worse than she did.  She mentioned a Wimbledon champion who had been raped in early adolescence by a coach who went on to work with other women.  Tragically, many coaches are serial offenders.  When Isabelle De Mongeot, a prominent French player, accused her coach, Régis de Camaret, of sexual assault, a dozen other girls claimed that they too had been molested by de Camaret.  Justice was ultimately served and de Camaret was jailed.

 Shriver spoke off the record about current players and coaches who she suspected of inappropriate relationships.  To stop the cycle of abuse, she emphasised that there needs to be more and better education and rules that are strictly enforced.  

 Simultaneous with Shriver’s interview at Roland Garros, Matt Futterman of the New York Times published a detailed article about Adrienne Jensen, a once promising junior whose career was cut short by a predatory coach, Rex Haultain.  Offering her a place at a tennis academy in Kansas City, Haultain began by grooming Adrienne’s parents, praising her talent and convincing them he was trustworthy.  The Jensens decided their teenage daughter was safe to travel overnight with her coach—a reminder of Pam Shriver’s parents who were confident that she was safe with Don Candy.  

 Haultain soon started intruding into all aspects of Adienne’s life.  He didn’t just praise her game, he praised her beauty and sexiness.  He texted her a picture of his penis; he coerced her into sending him nude photographs.  He demanded secrecy and swore she’d be ruined in tennis if she betrayed him.  Ashamed and guilt-ridden, she kept silent until after Haultain manually penetrated her at the USTA Winter Championships in Arizona.  Petrified at the idea of an upcoming trip to Portugal with Haultain, Adrienne confessed to her sister who told their parents. The Jensens’ instinctive response was to fire Haultain as her coach but to try to deal with the issue privately.  Her father felt he was protecting his daughter against the trauma so many sexual abuse victims suffer when they go public.  In retrospect he realized he should have reported Haultain to the police.  This was precisely what a teacher at Adrienne’s school did when he learned of her assault.  In fact, the teacher was legally obliged to report the case.  

 Rex Haultain accepted a plea deal and did time in prison.  After his release he was deported to his native country of New Zealand.  Adrienne went on to play college tennis but regrets that her greater dreams were derailed.  As she told Matt Futterman, she wonders why she wasn’t warned about predatory coaches and why various tennis organizations didn’t do a better job of protecting her.  Pam Shriver makes the same point which amounts to an impassioned plea; tennis has to start educating players and coaches about sexual boundaries and legally punishing coaches who violate them.

Michael Mewshaw is the author of 22 books, among them Ladies of the Court: Grace and Disgrace on the Women’s Tennis Tour, now available as an e-book.

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