We are one step closer from the great sporting event that the city of Naples will organize. The XXX edition of the Universiade will take place in the summer 2019. Why Naples? It is easy to say . After the withdrawal of Brasilia, Naples was the only city to claim this sport events , one of the few international sporting events that Italy in the coming years will host. (qui la versione in italiano)
Is Naples ready to face a such relevant international sporting event? Looking at what has been achieved in the city that preceded us, Taipei, I have some doubts. Our sports facilities are in bad situation, some of them has never been restructured or refurbished . There’s little time!:Some newspapers speak of mammoth task.
From March 5, 2016, when the city of Naples was chosen to host the next summer edition of the Universiade, 21 months have passed to organization just came out! Today, the plants in which the competitions will take place are not yet available and many of these, such as the Scandone Pool will only be available only from May 2018. This choice is necessary to allow the ordinary running of outstanding sports activities.
From the moment the work starts on the start of the games, scheduled for July 3, 2019, Naples will have little more than a year to act and to make the sports facilities to a standard requested by international standards, standards from which they are miles away. Are we sure that’ll do it?
Scandone pool is one of the emblems of this sad story. The plant of the Mediterranean Games Avenue was inaugurated in 1963 during the 4th edition of the Mediterranean Games. Currently,Scandone pool is one of the few Italian swimming facilities that can boast a double grandstand: not even the swimming stadium in Riccione,where so many International competitions took place. In order to carry out international competitions it is necessary to provide the plant with a second Olympic pool (50 meters) close to the existing building. The pool will be built in the area adjacent to the Cinodromo which has recently been cleaned up.
The whole area where the swimming pool is located, including the area of the former Cinodromo, is under archaeological restrictions. It might possible to find under the surface, the remains of Roman bath as it happened during the construction of the close Mostra d’Oltremare.
The municipality’s technicians assure that all the necessary studies and investigations, including sanitation inspections, have been conducted. We should therefore be safe from what happened, for example, during the construction of the subway station in Piazza Municipio and against the danger of stretching the time for ending the work.
What is the current situation of the Fuorigrotta plant is well known. On February, 6, 2015 the Newspaper Il Mattino titled “Scandal Scandone”. It’s raining inside the pool, cold temperatures. Acquachiara waterpolo team launches the SOS to the City”
Furthermore I’am Naples web site titled ” It’s raining inside the pool. Mr De Crescenzo (Acquachiara manager ) : We feel neglected, tomorrow will be the derby”
More recently we remember the spat between the swimming star Federica Pellegrini and the City assessor for Sport Ciro Borriello during the third edition of the Swimming Grand Prix organized at the Scandone Pool in May 2017.
Who used to attend the plant daily do not need newspapers to know the truth.
This is a small photo report of how the facility of Giochi del Mediterraneo avenue has been reduced after many years of negligence by the City of Naples and managerial failure. There are responsibilities that invest all the last different City administrations . Today the regret of assessor Borriello regarding the comment of Federica Pellegrini. : we need concrete resolutions and as a Neapolitan citizen, despite the many doubts about what is happening, I cheer for my city to which, compared to what has not been done in past, today we are asking for an exessive effort. (qui la versione in italiano)