(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 16 – “It was an enormous organizational effort but we are achieving success on and off the water, with a full house: beyond our expectations”. Thus the president of Federnuoto, Paolo Barelli, in drawing up an initial assessment of the European swimming championships in which Italy is triumphing amid the enthusiasm of the public in the stands and swimming pools of the Foro Italico, also full in August.
But alongside the positive notes, Barelli never misses an opportunity to reiterate how much the world that gravitates around the pools is in difficulty, bent first by the pandemic and then by the energy price increases. “We are desperate for swimming pools – he underlines -: the risk is that with the increase in expenses, the first thing that companies can cut will be competitive activity. The last money allocated by the Government as refreshment” was a breath of fresh air but I feel the responsibility of a movement in great difficulty: I hope that the next government understands that real money is needed “, concluded Barelli. (ANSA).