Last week the Italian Sport celebrated the eightieth birthday of Mario Pescante, with a gala party hosted in the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
Among the over 300 invited guests, a large representative from the International Olympic Committee – which Pescante served as Vice President until 2012 – leaded by the IOC President Thomas Bach, and featuring the IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge, yesterday and today’s CONI, from Malagò to Petrucci and Carraro, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan, Gianni Letta, General Director of the Rome 2022 Ryder Cup, Gianpaolo Montali and many Olympians and top sportspeople among whom Carlo Mornati, current Secretary General of CONI, Juri Chechi, Carlo Molfetta, Diana Bianchedi, Antonio Rossi. Also attending Pescante’s friend Luciano Rossi, in his capacity of FITAV President.
“It is with great pleasure that I hereby pay tribute to my friend Mario – commented Rossi – who always was and still is a pure example as sports manager and a man. Through his wise managerial and political skills he has done great things in sport at national and international level, fully deserving the appreciation and respect shown by the many authorities gathered here to celebrate him”.
The first speech closing the celebration was the one from Giovanni Malagò, CONI President “In Buenos Aires I received the baton from Mario: he made history, he is a guiding light for us and for the Italian sport in the world. Thanks to managers like him Italy is a top class excellence and a unique model in the world. I always thought him as an older brother, admiring him for the credibility tribute to him all through the time.”
Most sincere and moving, the words spent by Thomas Bach, IOC President “Mario has and shall keep giving a most precious contribution to the Olympic movement. His heart is big and unshakeable values. He made real effective Olympic ideals such as friendship, loyalty, peace and brotherhood. By his mettle and enthusiasm he is still a young man. We often shared our opinions although sometimes diverging, but he kept always loyal to me and supported me, also on my election as IOC President. He has made extraordinary things at ONU, spoke many languages, yet always using his heart, and that made the difference. Best wishes Mario, I see no limits in your future”.