Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), 8 January 20218 January is a significant date for Cortina and the upcoming Ski World Championships (7-21 February), with only 30 days until the start of this much anticipated international event, organized in the shadow of a global pandemic. Last night the slopes were illuminated, as a symbol of hope, while the final touches are made to accommodate 700 athletes and 3500 staff, and to bring a spectacular sport event to 500 million people around the world.

Vincenzo Spadafora, Minister for Youth Policies and Sport, declares: «There are 30 days to go until the Alpine Ski World Championships in Cortina. This much anticipated event is the result of a project delivered with determination and transparency, and is testimony to a country that has successfully risen to the challenge. Collaboration on part of the institutions and broad support from the Government has been key to overcoming the difficulties and challenges brought by the global pandemic. The organisation of an event with such international significance can help the territory and the community, and thus give a future to the younger generations. Redeveloped slopes and infrastructure, created with environmental regeneration and respect for the local territory in mind, confirms a firm focus on future generations.
It is a great economic driver and a unique opportunity for rebirth. After these difficult months due to the pandemic, we need to focus on the future and build projects that stand the test of time. The 2021 Cortina World Championships is one such project, because in addition to celebrate an important moment of sport, it also brings us one step closer to the 2026 Olympics.
Cortina 2021 is the number one international winter sports event. The world is watching. And I am certain that Italy will rise to the challenge».

Gianpietro Ghedina, Mayor of Cortina, underlines: «My administration has chosen to focus on major events. They are a great opportunity for visibility and for local development». While Alessandro Benetton, President of Fondazione Cortina 2021, highlights another important aspect: «We will demonstrate to the world that Italians are capable of delivering ambitious projects, respecting commitments and contributing an innovative organisational model that may inspire future international sports events, especially the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Olympics, which we hope will benefit from our work».

Today, at the Municipality of Cortina d’Ampezzo, an agreement was signed with the Projects Commissioner Valerio Toniolo, summarised as follows: «This agreement will bring new life to the area and will leave an important legacy of improvements. We have succeeded in honouring the commitments made thus far and this agreement projects the World Championships directly towards the 2026 Olympics».

Claudio Andrea Gemme, Government Commissioner for the implementation of the World Championships viability plan and President of ANAS underlines: «The sports events have represented an opportunity to improve the road system through works which will benefit the entire territory, and the people who live here, also after the event».

 

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