The Italian National Olympic Committee organized this morning at the Del Verdi theater in Milan, the awards ceremony which conferred the Gold collars for sporting merit for the results achieved in the 2020 season. The top national sports officials, in addition to the number one of CONI, the president Gianni Malagò, also Valentina Vezzali, undersecretary of state to the presidency of the council of ministers with responsibility for sport and Carlo Mornati, were present in the hall, CONI secretary general together with the presidents of the reference Federations and the civil and military authorities.
The “Collare d'Oro al Merito Sportivo” represents the highest sporting recognition, granted to Italian athletes capable of achieving the results or titles established by specific resolution of the National Council of CONI at an international level in world or Olympic competitions.
Precisely in reference to the results achieved at the World Championships of the 2020 season, the blue winter sports saw the assignment of Gold collars of merit to Federica Brignone, to Dominik Paris, to Dorotea Wierer and to the chosen Italian Army corporal Dominik Windish, winner of the Biathlon mass start competition.
Reached by the microphones of local reporters Windish said “... I am honored to receive such recognition from CONI. I thank President Malagò in particular for his closeness to our sport, as well as the Italian Winter Sports Federation for the continuous support to us athletes in achieving these results. But especially on this day wearing the alpine hat, wearing the highest sporting honor on the uniform of the Italian Army, at the hands of Undersecretary Vezzali is not only an honor but a source of pride. I hope that many young people will be able to follow my same path and serve our splendid country with great sporting feats like those seen in this room today ".