Italy ends with 28 medals (8-9-11), one more than Beijing 2008.
Satisfaction concerning to the final result was also shown by the Italian President, G. Napolitano:
“I’m satisfied with what Italy sports team made.”
The Head of Delegation, R. Pagnozzi, wanted to point out: “Fencing, volleyball, water polo, archery and gymnastics remind us that we still are a good team.” Then he added a data: “The average age of the medallists fell to 27 y.o., and half of them were rookies. We are renewing”.
So, maybe, Italian sport can go beyond the structural limits. In the ranking of the World Economic Forum, Italy ranks 43° out of 142 nations surveyed, here in London we were able to reach the 8th place of 204 Olympic Committees represented.
As Petrucci said:
“we are in the G8 World Sport”.
The 30th Olympic games gives us an idea of a country, Italy, in difficulty, the image of a nation that feels insecure itself. However this country somehow holds. It does hold.
The answers that can give an event like this are mostly for the sports movement but not at all, because in the globalized world it is a sign of something more complex. In this purpose, we could mention what happened in Berlin ’36, on the eve of the war, or in Rome ’60, before the post-colonial indipendence of the African countries. Thereby, the global world has confirmed that London is presented as the mother city of the present world.
Anyway, the best Italians in London were not only the athletes, but also the 165000 residents that make London one of the largest Italian cities! It’s people arrived here without recommendations, which their success is based on the meritocracy. These persons nowadays manage the best hotels or restaurants, when they do not work in the City. A lot of them will stay in London, others will take back more energy at home, ability to risk and sacrifice, which are no less important than the medals won by our athlets.