Pride, determination, passion, enthusiasm, friendship. What Italgolf will represent in the men’s individual competition (from 29 July to 1 August) at the Tokyo Games is a close-knit combination. Colleagues and friends, Guido Migliozzi and Renato Paratore at the Olympics want to amaze. Alongside them in Japan, in addition to their respective caddies and FIG president Franco Chimenti, will also be Matteo Delpodio, technical director of the Federgolf national teams with a past on the major continental circuits. That a few hours before leaving for Tokyo he analyzes the path of the two Azzurri, showing enthusiasm and desire. To amaze.
Matteo Delpodio, statements
“The boys have prepared a lot and theirs is a path that starts from afar and, to be exact, from the amateur national teams. The Olympic Games represent the culmination of a journey made in concert with the Federation. This is a result that the athletes and the whole system that supported them to achieve this goal deserve”.
Now it’s official, Francesco Molinari misses the Tokyo Olympics. A consultation with his doctor has dispelled all doubts: the Turinese golfer will not be able to recover in time – for the men’s individual competition scheduled from 29 July to 1 August at the Kasumigaseki Country Club – from a back injury that has tormented him from time and that had already forced him to skip, among other appointments, the PGA Championship, second Major of 2021. Renato Paratore is ready in his place.
“I’m trying to find the right words, but I can’t find them. I have a back problem that has held me back for most of the season and which now unfortunately prevents me from representing my country in the most important sporting event in the world. For all Italian athletes hoping to be able to participate in the Olympics in the future “. Thus, on twitter, Francesco Molinari motivated the choice of him. Difficult, for an athlete who had already decided to forfeit the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 for other reasons (the Zika virus). And that after the worldwide triumphs of 2018 (his record year), he hasn’t found success since March 2019 (Arnold Palmer Invitational, PGA Tour).
Nothing to do, not even this time. The Piedmontese will not fly to Japan where Italy will be represented by Guido Migliozzi, Giulia Molinaro, Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso and, probably (the official green light of the International Golf Federation is expected, after the request of the Italia Team), by Renato Paratore. That after winning a gold medal (in the individual competition) and a bronze medal (in tandem with Virginia Elena Carta) at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (China), is preparing to fly to Tokyo to chase a great result alongside of many world leaders.