Para-Bobsleigh Team ITA; Photos: IBSF / Girts Kehris

Athletes want to follow up on the first World Cup podium places from last winter

Cortina d'Ampezzo (RWH) The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will soon decide whether to include the sport of Para-Bob in the programme for the Milan-Cortina 2026 Paralympic Winter Games. The Italian team is following this issue with particular interest. "The dream is, of course, that the discipline will be included in the Paralympics programme in view of our home games of Milan-Cortina 2026," said Gianfranco Rezzadore, President of the Bob Club Cortina and Parabob representative, in an interview with the Italian Parasports Federation Federazione Italiana Sport Invernali Paralimpici (FISIP). 

Last winter the Italian team celebrated the first two podium places at the Parasport World Cup of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF: Fabrizio Caselli finished second and third in the races at the Olympia Bobrun St. Moritz-Celerina (SUI) and finished the season with athletes from 16 nations in fifth place overall. Team-mate Flavio Menardi only just missed the podium as fourth at the World Cup in Oberhof (GER) and finished ninth overall. Pier Alberto Buccoliero finished 20th in the World Cup ranking.

For the winter 2020/2021 the Italians want to expand the team. "We are planning a course for new pilots in Innsbruck in December. We already have three new ones with us, including a woman" said Gianfranco Rezzadore in the FISIP interview. The team is well prepared for the preparation with three own para-monobobs and another sled under construction, a new sponsor and the support of FISIP.

Currently the three Italian parabob pilots are preparing for the new winter season despite the uncertainties caused by the COVID19 pandemic: "The boys are currently training in summer disciplines: Flavio gets on well with athletics and the gym, while Fabrizio and Pier Alberto have opted for the handbike." ©RWH2020

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Photos: IBSF / Girts Kehris

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