Cagliari Calcio was awarded this morning at the LaVerdi Auditorium in Milan with the "Collare d'Oro al Merito Sportivo” of the Italian National Olympic Committee. The bews has been, announced in November with a letter from the president of CONI, Giovanni Malagò, addressed to the rossoblù President, Tommaso Giulini, and to the honorary president Luigi Riva (already awarded the prestigious award in 2017).
The ceremony took place in the presence of Malagò himself and the Secretary General Carlo Mornati; the Undersecretary with responsibility for Sport, Valentina Vezzali, the Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, the President of the Lombardy Regional Council, Alessandro Fermi, the Prefect of Milan, Renato Saccone, the Quaestor Giuseppe Petronzi and the Rector of Bocconi, Gianmario Verona were there too.
CONI thus wanted to reward Cagliari Calcio for “the activity carried out and the merits acquited in a century of life”, so reads the motivations. “Il Collare d'Oro represents the hghest sporting honor established by CONI to recognize the highest sporting successes achieved by our athletes and also the sporting merits of Centenary Clubs or those sports managers who have dedicated an important part of their life to the service of sport”.
“I would like to express my satisfaction, and the honorary President Luigi Riva and the whole Cagliari Calcio are delighted as well – the words of Tommaso Giulini – Also we express a strong gratitude to CONI for this prestigious prize. “Il Collare d'Oro” for sporting merit is an important milestone in our sport at the highest levels, receiving it something wonderful that honor us and encourages us to do better and better. It is a prize for the whole Club's history, a fair reward for what so many people – from the Presidents to footballers, the managers and all those who have worked there – have done in one hundred years of existence of these glorious colors. As far as we are concerned, it is our aim to legimitize this type of prize more and more, with the commitment to work every day to grow within football”.