“A day to remember that there are no special rights for particular people, but citizens and citizens, without adjectives and categories”. This is the thought of Luca Pancalli, president of the Italian Paralympic Committee on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an annual event that recalls principles that must enter our daily life.
In this regard, the talk “Noi come Voi” (organized by Ottobock, a world-wide company specialized in prosthetics) was held at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan, moderated by the journalist Claudio Arrigoni and with three guests who were protagonists in the 100 meters T63 at the Tokyo Paralympics last summer: Ambra Sabatini (gold), Martina Caironi (silver, a few days away from the medal of the same metal in the long jump) and Alessandro Ossola (sixth among men in the first Paralympic final of his career) .
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We discussed sport and the importance of technological aids in everyday life, together with two other young people, Elia Mugnai and Anna Gheza, grappling with their daily challenges. “It has been proven that the application of electronic knees greatly improves the quality of life of an amputee. It is proven that the existing technology allows people with disabilities to achieve goals never hoped for a few years ago – explains Martina Caironi, who of incredible goals if you intend given the 5 medals won between the London 2012, Rio 2016 and this year Games in Tokyo -. Unfortunately, not everyone can access it and therefore the dream of a better life remains for many a chimera to pursue. We would like this to be known and to work together to ensure that technological innovation is not the prerogative of a few ».
Pancalli himself also returned to accessibility for all, speaking of the objectives of the movement of which he is number one.
«As the Italian Paralympic Committee we are trying to decline sport as a piece of the country’s public policies. Sport, on the other hand, is not just Paralympic Tokyo. It is sociality, integration, it is a cultural revolution, a pick to transform the country – he added -. On January 1st, the law that foresees the enrollment of Paralympic athletes in the civil and military bodies of the State will come into force. This too will represent an important step in the growth of our country from a social and cultural point of view “.