Franco Chimenti: "'Golf will assert itself in Paris"

The goal of the three-year memorandum of understanding signed by the Italian Golf Federation and ANCI (National Association of Italian Municipalities) is to promote golf and make it more accessible to everyone.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Franco Chimenti: "'Golf will assert itself in Paris"
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The goal of the three-year memorandum of understanding signed by the Italian Golf Federation and ANCI (National Association of Italian Municipalities) is to promote golf and make it more accessible to everyone. "This agreement is fundamental for Italian golf, as it can further increase the popularity of a magical and inclusive sport.

The agreement reached will promote the territories, giving a strong boost to golf tourism, which, after the Italian Ryder Cup, has gained the momentum it deserved. We are charting a new path, and this initiative will enhance the role of clubs, which will greatly benefit from it," said the federation president, Franco Chimenti.

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Indeed, the agreement includes a series of initiatives aimed at enhancing and promoting the territories, thus fostering golf tourism and cooperation with associated entities, public and private institutions.

In addition, there is a commitment to promoting access to golf for students, including those with disabilities or special educational needs, from schools of all levels, by promoting targeted projects. Furthermore, the agreement will allow for the creation of a network of "Golf Municipalities," which will enhance the role of clubs and affiliated or aggregated sports associations and companies, enabling, among other things, the addressing of important issues with the relevant municipalities and, at the same time, opening up working groups on disused areas for the construction of practice courses.

"Golf courses, often located in breathtaking landscapes, attract enthusiasts and professionals from around the world, contributing to the economic development of the host locations. Golf tourism not only fosters the growth of accommodation facilities and local services but also promotes the culture and traditions of the area, making golf a valuable resource for sustainable and quality tourism," concludes Stefano Locatelli, vice president of ANCI.

The 2024 Ladies Italian Open, scheduled from June 14th to 16th at the Golf Nazionale in Sutri, followed by the Italian Open at the Adriatic Golf Club in Cervia from June 27th to 30th, and finally the 2024 Paris Olympics.

These are the events that the president of the Italian Golf Federation (FIG), Franco Chimenti, eagerly anticipates with "great enthusiasm and particular attention," as he remarked on the sidelines of the protocol signing with ANCI to make golf more accessible to all.

"These events are arriving immediately, as was not even imaginable," Chimenti added. Regarding Matteo Manassero, he stated, "We have found him again, which made me very happy, and I am sure that we will perform well at the Olympics." Chimenti emphasized the educational role of golf, describing it as a sport "absolutely educational, with rules that must be respected regardless of referees, inherent to the sport itself.

This makes golf stand out," he continued. Finally, speaking about the signing itself, Chimenti highlighted that it "will involve all the Italian municipalities interested, and we will start with the identification of these places to create a real map of golf in Italy."

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