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(ANSA) – NAPLES, APRIL 23 – “It is the first time that politics is interested in us. Here we are used to inviting mayors and councilors who do not show up”. Speaking into the microphone, one of the managers of the ‘Boxe Vesuviana’ gym in Torre Annunziata (Naples), visited in the afternoon by the Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, says this. The president of Coni Campania, Sergio Roncelli, gives the maestro Lucio Zurlo a contribution of 5,000 euros “.” With these – he says, excited – we make the windows again, which fall apart “.

‘Boxe Vesuviana’ is Irma Testa’s gym, bronze medalist in Tokyo She is not there, but there are many champions and champions: Michele Baldassi, European under 21 lightweight champion, who lives 50 meters from gymnasium, GIanluca Gega, possible Olympian in Paris, and the Moroccan Caterina (a nickname), 14, very strong, who also dedicates herself to cinema.

In the technical staff there is Biagio Zurlo, son of art, who was the Italian Welter champion.

“From here – says Maestro Zurlo – boxers came out for five Olympics. We have about fifty agonists, not a few for our discipline, then there are amateurs”. But is a gym like this enough for a factory of champions? “For boxing – he replies – Torre Annunziata would need a building. It is my dream but …”. And he spreads his arms. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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