The technician of the Albanian national swimming team was trained in Belluno He will go to the Olympics with only two athletes but with many hopes
From the Lambioi swimming pool to the Tokyo Olympic pool. It is the journey of Arian Fetishaj, coach of the Albanian national swimming team, who lived and worked in the province for several years and who attended the federation courses in the swimming pool of Belluno that allowed him to take his first steps as a technician.
“They were fundamental courses because they taught me not only the concepts to transmit to the children but also the way to do it”, Fetishaj emphasizes, “among the people I remember with such gratitude is the manager of the Lambioi plant, Stefano Caldart “.
Arian, born in 1972, arrived in Italy in 1994, as an athlete of the Albanian national team. He then remained in our country, settling first, for about a year, in Molise (in the province of Campobasso, in Ururi, whose inhabitants are of Arbëreshë culture and language, Italian-Albanian) and then in Ponte nelle Alpi. in the Belluno area since 1996, for over a decade. Now he lives in Albania, but still often returns to the province.
«In Belluno I worked a lot and I also learned a lot», he explains, «from the culture of work to knowing how to live with a reality different from one’s own, from food to love for the mountains». Fetishaj led the Albanian national team to world championships, Mediterranean Games and several international meetings. He was also the head of the Albanian delegation that a few years ago took part in a boarding school in the federal center of Ostia as part of a collaboration project between the Albanian and Italian federations. Now he is preparing to live the most important appointment, the Olympic one.
“We can realize a dream, the dream par excellence of a sportsman, both as regards the athletes but also as regards the coaches”, says Arian, who left just yesterday for Japan, “I accompany the two best athletes of the Albania, Kledi Kadiu, who will be engaged in the 100 freestyle, a distance on which he boasts a personal of 51 ”56, and Nikol Merizaj, engaged in the 50 freestyle, a distance on which he has a personal of 26” 40. I expect a lot from Kledi and Nikol and I wish them to reach the top. I also wish the best to the Italian team ». –
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