Giulia Rulli, a 30-year-old Roman winger, last season with Broni, and recently registered by Autosped Castelnuovo Scrivia, is at the Olympic Village in Tokyo, together with her teammates from the 3-on-3 national team, who will be involved in the five-circle competition from Saturday . The girls of coach Andrea Capobianco (in addition to Rulli, there are Rae Lin D’Alie, Chiara Consolini and Marcella Filippi) will debut at 10.30 (Italian time) against Mongolia, then at 14.25 they will face France. Sunday 25 July will be the turn of Romania (3.40 at night) and China (7.25). On Monday the Azzurre will challenge the hosts of Japan (7.25) and the Americans (10.55). Finally, Tuesday will be the turn of the Russians (10.25) and to follow, in time to be determined, the eventual quarter-finals. All 8 teams have been included in the same group and compete in the first three and a half days. The top six finishers advance to the knockout stage. The top two ranked teams will advance to the semi-finals on Wednesday 28.
Those who will have to cheer from home are Sara Madera, another former Broni, great protagonist of the qualifying tournament in Debrecen, but remained out of the four chosen because they needed a minimum number of appearances in the various international competitions, which unfortunately the Livorno center did not have . The player expressed her disappointment through social media, but she assured her full support to her companions in adventure. 3-on-3 basketball is making its debut at the Games. Italy was world champion in 2018. –