MESSAGE OF LUCA ZAIA, PRESIDENT OF VENETO

“Sport teaches that for a victory one doesn’t just need talent, but daily work and sacrifice. In sport, as in life.” – Pietro Mennea

In Veneto we welcome any kind of sport initiatives, such as the European Masters Athletics Championships, in order to promote physical activities to not only for the prevention of physical and psychical health, but also to promote our territory. As proven by data gathered by Coni (the Italian National Olympic Committee), Istat (the Italian National Institute of Statistics) and several European studies -487,915 FSN and DSA member athletes, 5,430 sports clubs and 96,666 sportsmen- in our region, sport became more and more important over the years.

Veneto is a region that has always considered sport as a fundamental social and cultural value, that teaches respect for others, respect for oneself, the joy and difficulty of being together.

This September will be characterized by an appointment which is the perfect match of sports competition and tourism. Our sportsmen’s very high level of professionalism, our high-quality network of services and transports and our accommodation facilities actually put Veneto at the top of the localities which will host the world’s most important sport events, such as the latest choice of Milan-Cortina for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

In Jesolo, Caorle and Eraclea, over-35 athletes, from about fifty countries, will compete in the several competitions of this edition, the fourth one held in Italy within forty years. An edition which gives the possibility to know our “Veneto- The Land of Venice”, rich in natural and landscape beauties, in culture and history and in food & wine excellencies. A land that owns eight UNESCO’s world heritage sites, from Venice and its Lagoon to the Prosecco hills in Conegliano Valdobbiadene.

I would therefore like to welcome all the athletes, who will certainly be greeted by the proverbial hospitality of Venetian people, and thank the Organizing Committee who, guided by the EMA (European Master Athletics), brought these championships in our region.

Finally, in extending my warm greetings to each one of the participants, I wish them to reach their desired goal and lots of fun.

Mr. Luca Zaia

President of Veneto

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