Italy have revealed the team of 19 athletes from four sports who will compete at the 2019 International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) Global Games in Brisbane, Australia, from 12-19 October.
Some of the country’s best competitors will go for gold in athletics, swimming, rowing and taekwondo at the world’s biggest high performance sports event for athletes with intellectual impairments.
The athletics team includes Ruud Lorain F. Koutiki Tsilulu, the European champion in the men’s 100m II1 and silver medallist from the 200m and Fabrizio Vallone. Vallone is also a regional title holder from the men’s 10,000m II1.
In rowing, Francesco Di Donato returns as the European champion in the men’s indoor 500m and 1,000m. Other medallists on the team include Giulio Guerra and Elisabetta Tieghi.
Michele Cianciotto will compete with the hope of winning gold when taekwondo makes its full Global Games debut having been a demonstration event in Ecuador in 2015.
Full Italian team
Mario Alberto Bertolaso
Raffaele Di Maggio
Ruud Lorain F. Koutiki Tsilulu
Daniele Pio Zichella
Francesco Di Donato
The 2019 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games will feature 1,000 athletes competing in 10 sports at venues across Brisbane.