(ANSA) – ROME, JAN 21 – Irma Testa made the history of Italian boxing, becoming the first Italian boxing blue to win a medal at the Olympics, the bronze in Tokyo.
Now, however, after having ‘come out’ in recent weeks, the guest of ‘Verissimo’ which will be broadcast on Canale 5 tomorrow speaks for the first time on television about his sexual orientation. And he deals with other personal issues, such as the difficult relationship with his father, recovered recently after a long absence in childhood. “Now if he calls me on the phone I answer – he reveals -, for years I have never done it. I put aside my anger, I have not forgotten, but I try to please him and cling to the good memories I had with him”.
“I have always lived and faced my sexual orientation with strength and tranquility – adds Irma, renamed ‘Butterfly’ -. I told my mom when I was 15. I struggled because in my family we had never faced this type of thematic, love for me was the union between a man and a woman. Instead, I discovered that you can fall in love with anyone and my mother was a rock even on that occasion “.
The Torre Annunziata champion then explains the meaning of the Tokyo bronze, which arrived after overcoming a series of obstacles and after many sacrifices. “This medal is a nice redemption for me because in my life there have been very dark moments – the words of the blue -. Sometimes at home we couldn’t even buy food”. For her, the passion for boxing came when she was just 12 years old and saved her from a difficult reality: “that world did not belong to me and as soon as I saw the boxing escape route I threw myself into it because I knew it would have me. carried far “.
Recently Irma Testa has recovered the relationship with her father, after a long absence in childhood, and with Canale 5 she agrees to talk about it. “Now if he calls me on the phone I answer – he reveals -, for years I have never done it. I put aside my anger, I have not forgotten, but I try to please him and cling to the good memories I had with him”. (HANDLE).
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