Today, Tuesday 24 August, at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, the XVI Summer Paralympic Games of Tokyo 2020 officially open. Italy, which comes to this event with the largest group ever (115 athletes), will be represented , during the opening ceremony, from the fencer Beatrice Vio and the swimmer Federico Morlacchi, one gold and one bronze at the Rio 2016 Games, the first, one gold, three silvers and three bronzes, the second, from London 2012 to today. “It’s beautiful, I can’t wait for tomorrow night – commented Bebe Vio yesterday – I’m very excited because it’s something bigger than me. Luckily there is Federico who will help me find the right path because I already know that I will spend all my time crying ”. A splendid responsibility to be a standard-bearer: “Representing such a beautiful country is truly something great – said Bebe Vio – Our national fencing team is ready, it’s loaded, we can’t wait to get started. These five years have lasted a long time, but we have not practically done the last. We tried to stimulate each other and if I am here it is thanks to my team, to the staff who did a half miracle to keep us motivated: in short, I consider myself very lucky to be part of this national team “. A lot of emotion also in the words of Federico Morlacchi: “What we will experience will be a unique emotion, because seeing that fire burning after a complicated year will be a liberation. We are all energized and focused and we can’t wait to give our best. The climate within the Italy team is very serene, we present ourselves as one of the strongest nations and one of those to beat “. “My goal at the Games is very simple – added Morlacchi – I just want to have fun and enjoy it to the fullest. Then from September 5th the most difficult mission will begin, the mission of dad for which no one, in the end, is ever trained ”.
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