PALERMO (ITALPRESS) – “The Region brings the ‘Coppa degli Assì’ back to Palermo, the longest running international horse racing competition in Italy after Piazza di Siena. An important showcase, absent from the city for twelve years, which will see multiple champions from seven Nations perform in the Favorita obstacle course, which can now reopen in total safety, the Region having removed the causes that had decreed its closure, by the Municipality in 2011, as well as having financed the event”. This was stated by the president of the Sicilian Region, Renato Schifani, regarding the sporting events that will take place in Palermo from 23 to 26 November and from 30 November to 3 December.
“My government – continues the president – has invested almost a million euros, including resources for the prize money and interventions to renovate the facility and make it totally accessible and suitable for hosting world equestrian competitions. In addition to including the Cup, already at the beginning of this year, in the calendar of events of great tourist attraction. A project that rewards the synergistic effort of various offices in the Region, to which, together with the workers who have been working in the structure for days, my heartfelt thanks go.”
“With firm will and conviction – adds the President of the Region – we wanted to reopen and enhance one of the oldest existing facilities dedicated to equestrian sports and return the Cup to its original home. Now, after having completed the process for its full recovery, we will commit ourselves to relaunching it in grand style, promising to bring ‘Favourità back to the luster of the past, when those riding that field were knights of the caliber of D’Inzeo, or the English Broome and Smith or the Brazilian Pessoa, one of the greatest of all time.”
“This year – concludes Schifani – we start again from the number one in the Italian ranking Emanuele Gaudiano, winner of the last two editions held in Palermo, but also from the rider Giulia Martinengo Marquet, from last year’s champion Francesco Correddu, and again by Roberto Previtali and Bruno Chimirri, as well as by the Belgian Loris Berrittella, recent winner of a World Cup race, as well as many Sicilians. With the ambitious, but within reach, goal of being able to restore the competition to its ambitious nickname of ‘mini Olympics of horse riding’.
– photo of the Sicilian Region press office –
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