The big names in blue swimming meet the boys from Nisida, Dressel in the Vatican

Before the third weekend of competitions in Naples, two different moments of the Isl. Touching the meeting of Miressi, Martinenghi and Sabbioni with the young prisoners: “We have given hope”

Tomorrow we start again in Naples and on Sky for another four evenings of Champions of swimming: the Isl is all the best of swimming can offer in this post Olympics. It is the turn of Los Angeles Current with Sara Franceschi, the Toronto Titans with Alberto Razzetti and Lorenzo Zazzeri, the Iron Budapest with Marco Orsi, Costanza Cocconcelli, Silvia Scalia and Lorenzo Mora, and the DC Trident, who do not field Italians. Isl is a format that Razzo is thrilling and it is all experience he is putting on the farm. Another step to take the stage. At Scandone you have to go fast for Toronto, the team of Hayden and teammate Zazzeri.

The visit

While Caeleb Dressel fulfilled his dream of visiting the Vatican, he who is very much a believer in God, other Islamic champions have fulfilled a special mission: to meet the boys of the Nisida prison. The delegation of the bluest team, the Aqua Centurions, lived a different day by exchanging experiences, life stories, training courses. “Two apparently different worlds that we wanted to put in contact to make children understand what a spirit of sacrifice means. The real value is the ability to relate, dialogue, find oneself through paths that have a lot to say to each other ”, said the director of the juvenile prison of Nisida, Gianluca Guida. “It was like a meeting between boys and it was hard to hug each other when we said goodbye – says Nicolò Martinenghi, 2 Olympic bronze medals -. It is certainly a visit that has given more to us than to them, we have seen some guys we often hear about who have a great desire for social redemption. Sport can give it to you. The important thing is that we create an after Nisida. When they get out of here. And they showed us the desire to change pace. We must accompany them on this path “. From Martinenghi they learned the breaststroke, from Simone Sabbioni they learned the backstroke, and from Alessandro Miressi, silver and bronze at the Tokyo Games freestyle: “In the water they do well – Miressi thought – but it was above all nice to interact with them. Basically we are the same age “. For Simone Sabbioni “we understand that everyone has a great desire for redemption and the important thing is not to leave them alone”. The words of Andrea Di Nino, manager of the ISL and creator of the meeting: “International Swimming League wanted to create this relationship because it firmly believes that this Neapolitan stage is not just swimming, but also the opportunity to get to know the city in all its aspects, from sports to playful and touristic ones, to social ones and this is only the first of a series of initiatives that we have planned. Today we have all learned a lot and I am proud to have guys like Niccolò, Alessandro and Simone in Isl ”. There was also Domenico Fioravanti, the first blue Olympian in swimming and now GM of the team led by Matteo Giunta and with Federica Pellegrini captain. The boys from Nisida will go to the Scandone swimming pool to cheer on their new favorites with whom there has been a natural empathy.

Ranking – Regular season (dopo 4 turni): Energy Standard e Cali Condors 8 puti (2 match), 3. Los Angeles Current 6 (2), 4. Aqua Centurions 4 (2), 5. London Roar e Toronto Titans 3 (1), 7. Iron Budapest 2 (2), NY Breakers 2 (1), Tokyo Frog Kings 2 (1), DC Trident 2 (2).

Thursday and Friday, quinto macth (ore 20, diretta Sky Arena): Los Angeles Current, Iron Budapest, Toronto Titans, DC Trident.

Saturday and Sunday, sesto match (ore 19, diretta Sky): Cali Condors, London Roar, Tokyo Frog Kings, Aqua Centurions.

Formula – At the end of the first phase promoted the first 8 to the semifinals in Eindhoven in November.

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The big names in blue swimming meet the boys from Nisida, Dressel in the Vatican

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