From the major sporting event of the Ryder Cup to the prestigious Nitto ATP Finals, golf in Italy is experiencing a moment of enthusiasm and growth. The president of the FIG, Franco Chimenti, met with representatives of the Piedmont, Ligurian and Aosta Valley golf clubs, together with important guests, to discuss the opportunities for the development of golf in our country.
The Ryder Cup, hosted for the first time in Italy, aroused great passion and participation among golf enthusiasts. During the event organized by FIG Piemonte, chaired by Marco Francia, the themes of the legacy that large events like this leave, both in the sporting and tourism fields, were also touched upon.
Among the protagonists present, the figure of Edoardo Molinari, Vice Captain of Team Europe at the Italian Ryder Cup, stands out.
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The event opened with video greeting messages from important personalities such as Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the Council and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Daniela Santanchè, Minister of Tourism, Andrea Abodi, Minister for Sport and Youth, Giovanni Toti, President of the Liguria Region, and Giovanni Malagò, President of CONI.
The Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation offered the ideal location for this meeting dedicated to the promotion of golf in Italy. Among the participants in the meeting in person were prominent figures such as Alberto Cirio, President of the Piedmont Region, Michela Favaro, Deputy Mayor of Turin, Ivo Ferriani, IOC Member and President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation as well as of the Association of International Federations of Olympic Winter Sports, Stefano Mossino, President of CONI Piedmont, Tiziana Nasi, Vice President of the CIP, Vittoria Poggio, Councilor for Culture and Tourism of the Piedmont Region and Lodovico Mazzolin, General Director of the Institute for Sports Credit.
Unexpectedly, a message also arrived from the Captain of Team Europe at the 2023 Ryder Cup, Luke Donald, thanks to the support of Edoardo Molinari. Present on behalf of the FIG were the President Franco Chimenti, the Deputy Vice President Maria Amelia Lolli Ghetti and the Councilors Marco Durante, Alberto Treves de Bonfili and Celso Lombardini, as well as Marco Francia, President of the FIG Piedmont Regional Committee, Andrea Bonatti, Delegate FIG Valle d 'Aosta, Roberto Damonte (via video link), FIG Liguria Region Delegate, Matteo Delpodio, Technical Director of the FIG National Teams, Massimiliano Montone, FIG Legal Consultant and Vice President of the CONI Sports Agents Commission and Maria Salvaggio, Administrative Manager of Federgolf.
The participation of the Clubs was notable, thanks to the presence of their Presidents, in the region which boasts a great golf tradition, second in number of members only to Lombardy. Together represents the watchword of this inclusive, barrier-free activity, which aims to become increasingly popular.
It is precisely for this reason that the number one of the FIG, Chimenti, has decided to undertake a real tour of Italy, tackling problems and new objectives together with every national golf reality. After presenting the 81st Italian Open which will be held in Cervia (Ravenna) from 27 to 30 June 2024, the next meeting has been scheduled for 13 December in Milan, in Lombardy which holds the record for members.
A serious and professional approach that sees golf as a means of union and inclusion of the Italian sporting community. The words of the president of Federgolf, Franco Chimenti, expressed gratitude towards the Italian government and all the institutions involved for the magnificent support in the organization of the Ryder Cup.
Furthermore, he praised the Italian people for their fantastic participation, which deserves the best results and major events.
After the incredible success of the Ryder Cup, the priority is to make golf an increasingly popular sport for all and to achieve this objective through collaboration with the Clubs.
Chimenti complimented Liguria, Valle d'Aosta and Piedmont, the latter in particular for its great golfing tradition and Cirio's enlightened presidency. He also highlighted the Molinari brothers, Francesco and Edoardo, champions of great prestige in the world of golf for their vision and culture.
The Ryder Cup offered fantastic excitement, and the Molinari brothers are essential to the development of Italian golf. The goal for 2024 is to continue to be protagonists, also at the Paris Olympics.