On the “green” together, “in hole against myeloma”. At the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio (Rome), the Capitoline club that will host the Ryder Cup in 2023, seventeen people with multiple myeloma and their caregivers experienced a day as golfers. A significant experience to discover how sport and golf can provide valuable help for those living with this pathology.
In hole against myeloma, the event
Swing, practice on the short and long game. And the thrill of trying an inclusive and open-air discipline. Led by Matteo Delpodio, technical director of the national teams of the Italian Golf Federation, the protagonists put themselves to the test on the green. As part of an initiative promoted by Sanofi in partnership with the Italian Golf Federation and Ail. This was followed by a press conference which also saw Gian Paolo Montali, general manager of the Ryder Cup 2023 project, among the speakers. “Social inclusion – explained Montali – is one of the main objectives of the Ryder Cup 2023 project.
The organization of the Italian Open for the disabled, the world championship for blind golfers hosted in 2018, and the development of Golf4Autism, which promotes personalized lessons for children with autism spectrum, confirm the FIG’s commitment in the direction of a sport that breaks down every barrier. ‘In the hole against myeloma’ is an opportunity to relaunch a message of the inclusive strength of the green, which can contribute to the psychophysical well-being of patients”.
“With this initiative, Ail underlines the benefit that exists between physical activity and the fight against blood cancers, both from a physical and psychological point of view. The goal is to highlight the positive effects of sporting practice on haematological patients and therefore on the improvement of their quality of life “. These, however, are the statements of Giuseppe Toro, Ail national vice president.
A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty. This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the “secret weapon” of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.
“He’s a good guy, he’s been through a lot as a sportsman and he’s the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I’m not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period. “. These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed ‘the Baltimore Shark’, important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. “The mental aspect is something I’ve worked on a lot with him lately. I’m really lucky to have him around. Besides, he’s a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value.” This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.