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Italia Team in Heraklion with 102 Azzurri in 12 beach disciplines


The Italian Team set to compete in the Mediterranean Beach Games 2023 in Heraklion starting September 9 has been finalised. Italy will appear on the island of Crete with 102 athletes: 44 women and 58 men, who will compete in 12 of the 13 disciplines on the schedule, with the only absence that of the 3x3 Basketball tournament.

The Mediterranean Beach Games, now in its third edition after those in Pescara and Patras (Greece), will involve nearly 900 athletes representing the 26 member countries of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games. The opening ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 9, starting at 8.30 p.m. at the Karteros Beach Sport Centre, a location that will also host most of the competitions over the eight days of games.

Compared to the programme of previous editions, there will be no water skiing and aquathlon while, for the first time, medals will be awarded in 3x3 basketball, kiteboarding and Triathle, a specialty of the Modern Pentathlon where athletes alternate between laser run and open-water swimming.

Defending the gold won four years ago in Patras, where Italia Team won 39 medals (15 gold, 13 silver and 11 bronze), will be cross-country swimmer Silvia Ciccarella, tennis players Nicole Nobile, Diego Bollettinari and Tommaso Giovannini, finswimming Azzurre Viola Magoga, Silvia Sevignani, Mara Zaghet and teammates Davide Di Ceglie, Stefano Figini and Riccardo Romano. In team sports, Italy will be looking to reassert themselves in Beach Soccer after golds in the first two editions.

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