POSTED: May 26th 2016
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Olympics: Rome 2024 shows support for Friendship Tournament and welcomes Isabelle Harvie-Watt as new Strategic Advisor

Participants receive caps and jerseys from the Rome 2024 Bid Committee © Rome 2024
Participants receive caps and jerseys from the Rome 2024 Bid Committee © Rome 2024

(L-R) Diana Bianchedi, Simone Perillo, and Giovanni Malago © Rome 2024
(L-R) Diana Bianchedi, Simone Perillo, and Giovanni Malago © Rome 2024

Friendship Tournament at the Stadio Olimpico © Rome 2024
Friendship Tournament at the Stadio Olimpico © Rome 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Yesterday in the beautiful Rome Olympic Stadium was the Friendship Tournament. ACLI and the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) Lazio organized the soccer (football) tournament. It aims to aid asylum and refugee seekers living in Rome.

"Offering to the less fortunate, the opportunity to enjoy through sports an event like this is a true sign of solidarity and welcome. I hope that this day spent in the iconic setting of the Olympic Stadium will be, in the minds of these people, a memorable moment of sport and brotherhood," commented CONI Lazio President, Riccardo Viola.

CONI President, Giovanni Malago; Rome 2024 Internal Relations and Planning Manager, Simone Perillo; and Rome 2024 General Coordinator, Diana Bianchedi were present during the tournament. The initiative received a strong show of support from the Rome 2024 Bid Committee as they provided teams with caps and jerseys. Teams from Gambia, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Syria participated in the tournament.

Bianchedi stated, "Today's event, with young people from all over the world, is an extraordinary example of the key messages behind the Rome 2024 bid and reminds us of the incredible power of sports to unite people... This initiative is an extraordinary example of the key messages of our bid."

"I am very happy to be here, this event proves that sports can bring people together in a special way and make everyone part of the same team without differences," expressed Malago.

In addition, the Rome 2024 bid team welcomed a new member as Isabelle Harvie-Watt joins as the new Strategic Advisor. She will support the committee with all international relations and communication-related activities. For the past 25 years, she has been working in Italy, most recently, as CEO of Havas Media Group.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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