TRENTO. Tokyo stars in Trento. The Sport Festival, now in its fourth edition and scheduled from 7 to 10 October, will host the great protagonists of the Olympics, starting with Marcell Jacobs, Gimbo Tamberi, Filippo Tortu and the other two golden relay runners Lorenzo Patta and Fausto Desalu, and from the trio of wonders of the 100 to the Paralympics Sabatini, Caironi and Contrafatto.
There will also be the golden pair of the sail composed by our Tita with his racing partner Banti. The two triumphant walkers in Tokyo Stano and Palmisano are also highly anticipated.
Among the skiers, the blue champions Goggia and Bassino, with Domme Paris, Alberto Tomba and Compagnoni, among the cyclists the new European champion Sonny Colbrelli, Pogacar, Contador and Basso. Also worth mentioning is the queen of biathlon Dorothea Wierer and the footballers Samuel Eto’o and Leonardo.
The 2021 Sport Festival is organized by La Gazzetta dello Sport and Trentino Marketing, with the collaboration of the Autonomous Province of Trento, the Municipality of Trento, the Apt of Trento and with the patronage of CONI and the Italian Paralympic Committee. 2021 was the best year for Italian sport. A year full of satisfactions: from the victory of the European Football Championships to the record of Olympic and Paralympic medals won in Tokyo 2020 up to the conquest of the European title of the National Women’s Volleyball Team. From 7 October the Festival will retrace all the emotions of the great champions, their winning moment, that magical moment in which the thrill of victory is felt, efforts and sacrifices are added up, and finally the desired result is reached.
Among the confirmed spaces, the Social Theater, the Santa Chiara Auditorium, the Depero Room, the Palazzo della Regione and the Palazzo Geremia.
The schedule was presented today in Milan by: Urbano Cairo, President and CEO of RCS MediaGroup Stefano Barigelli, director of La Gazzetta dello Sport; Councilor for sport and tourism of the Autonomous Province of Trento; Uberto Fornara, CEO of CAIRORCS MEDIA; President of the Autonomous Province of Trento; Mayor of Trento; Maurizio Rossini, CEO of Trentino Marketing; Giovanni Malagò, President of CONI; Luca Pancalli, President of the Italian Paralympic Committee; Gianni Valenti, Deputy Director of La Gazzetta dello Sport and Scientific Director of the Festival dello Sport. Also present were the Olympian Jury Chechi, the President of CONI of Trento Paola Mora, the President of the CIP of Trento Massimo Bernardoni. La7 journalist Cristina Fantoni led the event.
It starts on Thursday 7 October with football legends Lilian Thuram and cycling legends Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador. There will be the Grand Inauguration at the Teatro Sociale this year conducted by Jury Chechi and Giorgia Rossi with the special participation of the athletics legends Dick Fosbury and Valerij Borzov and the performances of the Olympic gymnasts Alexandra Agiurgiuculese and Milena Baldassarri. And again on Thursday the Festival will host: Simona Quadarella, bronze in Tokyo 2020 in the 800 freestyle; the trio of Paralympic wonders Ambra Sabatini, Martina Caironi and Monica Contrafatto; the Butterflies of the bronze rhythmic gymnastics team in Tokyo 2020 Martina Centofanti, Agnese Duranti, Alessia Maurelli, Daniela Mogurean, Martina Santandrea together with Emanuela Maccarani, technical director of the national team; the lords of the basketball rings Marco Belinelli and Cecilia Zandalasini, of Virtus Bologna and finally Rosso di fuoco with Ducati riders Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller and Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Motor Holding sporting director.
Friday, great event dedicated to the Olympics with the president of CONI Giovanni Malagò, the participation of the blue flag bearers in Tokyo 2020 Jessica Rossi and Elia Viviani, and the Olympic medalists Diana Bacosi, Abraham Conyedo, Maurizio Nespoli, Lucilla Boari, Nicolò Martinenghi, Alessandro Miressi, Stefano Oppo, Pietro Willy Ruta, Manfredi Rizza and Irma Testa. The Frecce Tricolori will put on a show in the sky of Trento in a great outdoor event; 100 years of Italian basketball told by three generations of basketball players: Dino Meneghin, Carlton Myers and Stefano Tonut; the present and the future of Italian taekwondo Vito Dell’Aquila and Simone Alessio with the national technical director of taekwondo Claudio Nolano; rowing with the Tokyo 2020 gold winners Martina Cesarini and Valentina Rodini. The Palazzo della Regione will welcome the Paralympic athletes Francesca Porcellato and Oney Tapia with the president of Cip Pancalli; the Luna Rossa team, winner of the Prada cup; the Norwegian downhill champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, the judo champions Maria Centracchio and Odette Giuffrida will tell their story: two friends who arrived in Tokyo together and left with two bronze medals around their necks.
On Saturday, several meetings dedicated to the protagonists of winter sports: the champions Sofia Goggia and Marta Bassino, Dominik Paris and the ski legends Deborah Compagnoni and Alberto Tomba who, five years after the Milan-Cortina Winter Games, will tell what it means to be at starting gate with the five circles on the chest. We will talk about mountaineering with the record man Nirmal Purja and walking with the Olympic champions Antonella Palmisano, Massimo Stano and then, the party dedicated to Gianmarco Tamberi, gold in Tokyo 2020 in the high jump. With him the legend Dick Fosbury, gold medal in Mexico City 1968, and Javier Sotomayor, world record holder of the specialty since 1993. And again the NBA with Boris Diaw, cycling with the Olympic champion Filippo Ganna and volleyball with the legend Francesca Piccinini .
On Sunday the other key event dedicated to Italian athletics. At the Auditorium Santa Chiara protagonist Marcell Jacobs great gold in Tokyo 2020 in the 100 meters. To greet him there will be another myth of this specialty Valerij Borzov, gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Then to follow the celebration of our 4×100 relay winner of the gold medal with Marcell Jacobs himself, Filippo Tortu , Fausto Desalu, Lorenzo Patta. There will be other champions of other sports starting with Tadej Pogačar, winner of the last two Tour de France. And then Bebe Vio with her Paralympic team, the great protagonists of Paralympic swimming Simone Barlaam and Giulia Terzi; motorcycling with the legends Giacomo Agostini and Max Biaggi and the original duet between Carolina Kostner and the musician Giovanni Allevi.
And we come to the events dedicated to great football: on Friday we will talk about the National Soccer Team with Gabriele Gravina, Gianluca Vialli and in connection with the coach. Mancini; the memory of Paolo Rossi with his wife Federica Cappelletti and the 1982 world champions Giancarlo Antognoni, Antonio Cabrini and Franco Causio.
In the evening BoboTV, a phenomenon of the digital world with Bobo Vieri, Lele Adani, Antonio Cassano and Nicola Ventola will be the protagonist. On Saturday morning the Teatro Sociale will host a round table on the future of football with: Urbano Cairo, President of Torino FC and President and CEO of RCS MediaGroup, Zvonimir Boban, Uefa Chief of Football, and Javier Tebas, president of La Liga. Then Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea coach, winner of the Champions League and the 2020-202 Uefa Super Cup. And again a face to face with Sinisa Mihailovic. So stage for Leonardo, the man who brought Messi to Paris. On Sunday the story of two football masters Arrigo Sacchi and Marcello Lippi and a talk featuring Sameul Eto ‘and the Spanish Liga. Naturally there is also space for women’s football which will see players from Serie A on stage, Ludovica Mantovani, president of the Women’s Football Division together and Francesca Brienza, who comments on women’s football on La7.
Not even a year after the death of the hero of the 1982 World Cup, the Festival dello Sport dedicates an exhibition to Paolo Rossi: “Paolo Rossi, a golden boy”. The exhibition, which will be set up at the Palazzo delle Albere, will retrace all the most important stages in Pablito’s life: his beginnings, his victories and his private life. Art, technology, vintage photographs and interviews that will allow visitors to experience the most important moments of one of the award-winning athletes in the history of football.
All the squares of the city will be dedicated to the sport practiced, with playing fields and gyms for having fun and training accompanied by professional coaches and top level athletes. The Basketball, Climbing, Tennis, Paddle and Skateboard camps will be organized in collaboration with the local federations and associations of the various sports:
ACADEMY HEALTH. It is said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but in truth it is sport that keeps us healthy! The Muse, with the collaboration of Trentino Sviluppo, will be transformed into a laboratory dedicated to the theme “Sport & Health” where seminars, workshops and exhibitions of the most innovative technologies connected to personal well-being in the sports field will be held. Many talk shows in collaboration with Humanitas. Among the athletes who will participate: Sara Cardin, Elisa Di Francisca, Alessandro Gentile, Giorgio Rocca, and Elena Vallortigara.
BOOK CLUB. Big names in culture and current events in comparison, around books that reconstruct the stories and present the protagonists of sport of all times. Encounters that retrace the most exciting moments and the key figures of our time, outlining events not only in sports, to tell about each other and tell sections of life lived yesterday and today.
All information, constantly updated, is available on ilfestivaldellosport.it, the official website of the Festival. The main events will be streamed on Gazzetta.it and on the Festival website and it will soon be possible to register to book participation in live events.
Through the social accounts of La Gazzetta dello Sport and the Festival dello Sport it is possible to stay informed about guests, events and news, follow the live broadcasts and it will also be possible to use the hashtag #ilfestivaldellosport.
The Sport Festival is supported by an important multichannel campaign planned on RCS and Radio Italia media.
Alongside the Sport Festival also for the 2021 edition, important companies and institutions have chosen to be brand partners of the event by actively contributing to the development of the schedule. I am Main Partner: Audi and Enel. Premium Partner: Fastweb, Cassa Centrale Group and UnipolSai. Partner: La Sportiva, Pastificio Felicetti, Herbalife Nutrition. Sustainability Partner: Ecopneus, Scientific Partner: Humanitas, Official Sneaker: SUN68. Official radio is Radio Italia.