Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Malago' elected head of Italian sport

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Rome, February 19 - Giovanni Malago' on Tuesday was
elected the new president of the Italian Olympic Committee
(CONI), the governing body of all sport in Italy.
Malago' is a 53-year-old luxury-car businessman and former
member of Italy's five-a-side national team who has a long
history in sports administration.
His previous positions include being president of the
organizing committee of the 2009 world swimming championships in
Rome.
He has been at the helm of the Circolo Canottieri Aniene
since 1997 and under him the Rome sports club has attracted top
athletes such as former Olympic champions Federica Pellegrini
(swimming), Josefa Idem (kayak canoeing) and Alessandra Sensini
(windsurfing).
The separated father of two adult daughters is also famed
for his reported flings with a series of beautiful women,
including actress Monica Bellucci.
Malago' replaces Giovanni Petrucci to become CONI's 15th
president.
His victory was something as a surprise as he beat CONI's
current Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi, winning by 40 votes
to 35 at an assembly.
"In sport it's difficult to win, but it's also difficult
not to win - I embrace Pagnozzi," said Malago'.
"I consider this job to be the most important there is in
this country. I'll do everything to honour it".
The appointment was welcomed by a number of top sporting
figures, including Pellegrini.
"I'm happy Giovanni Malago' has been elected CONI's
president," said the four-time swimming world champion.
"Italian sport's government is in excellent hands".

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