Rome 2009 Burns A Hole In Italy’s Reputation For Staging Big Sports Events, A Paper Pens

Rome 2009: The spirit of modern gladiators like Christian Sprenger appeared to desert those who could not match vision and vast budget with world-class outcome [Photo: Patrick B. Kraemer]

In a season that saw the Mexican government and Guadalajara hand back the 2017 World Championships to FINA with a red flag marked “too expensive”, analysis of the 2009 global swim championships in Rome continues apace in Italy as investigations that confirm vast budget follies and failings find no-one to blame

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In a season that saw the Mexican government and Guadalajara hand back the 2017 World Championships to FINA with a red flag marked “too expensive”, analysis of the 2009 global swim championships in Rome continues apace in Italy as investigations that confirm vast budget follies and failings find no-one to blame

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Italian fan

Yes, The Worlds2009 were (another) bad display, a lot of money wasted etc, but (perhaps) things are beginning to change in Italy and, to put things in their perspective, Il Giornale is the newspaper of Berlusconi family.
Yes, former prime-minister Silvio Berlusconi, now in political (not to cite other issues) troubles (his party, Forza Italia, has lost many votes at the European Elections of mid-2014 and is very low in the last polls), but prime-minister from 2008 to 2011 – so during the Swimming Worlds 2009 – and from 2001 to 2006 as well, i.e. from a consistent period of the recent italian history.
Easy bet: if Silvio Berlusconi was still prime-minister and sponsor of the nomination of Rome for the Olympics in 2024, a different article would be published from Il Giornale.. lol

Craig Lord

You doubtless make some good points Italian fan 🙂 and I have no doubt that Italy can host great events (I’ve seen it happen many times…) but the sums don’t lie – it was a catastrophe and a vast sums of public money were wasted, as you say.

Torchbearer

“was 1.5m longer than the standard 50m length”….. that is jaw-dropping.
I thought the tradesmen who built my extension were bad.

beachmouse

At least you can engineer a thin bulkhead for a pool that’s slightly too long. I used to train at a 50×25 pool that they couldn’t set for long course meets because the long course side was six inches too short.

But yeah, Rome 2009 was another example of why the World Aquatics Championships are a cursed affair.

Bill Bell

A few moons ago when Estonia’s Triin Aljand was swimming for Texas A&M she competed in a meet at her home pool and set an NCAA record in I think the 50 yard free. But on measuring the pool the surveyors concluded it was 1 1/8 inches short dueto,improper placement of the bulkhead so no record!

Romano di Ostia

The newspaper wrote many inaccuracies. Everyone knows that the sample Gregory Paltrinieri and other blues train in Ostia at polo natatorio since 2010. The complex is beautiful and is a high-level federal center has also hosted the Italian championships and international water polo games. The pool is 51.5 meters long because it has a mobile bridge of 1.5 meters. It’s embarrassing that a newspaper write bullshit!

Craig Lord

Indeed, RdO, if you have it right. The financial figures they use were used very widely, however, so I take it they may well be correct?

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