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19Sep2011European Masters Games, last days of competition in Lignano

European Masters Games 2011 Lignano

Closing Ceremony for the European Masters Games in Lignano

After a long wait and feverish preparations, Lignano is preparing to say goodbye to the European Masters Games. Tomorrow, Tuesday 20th September, there will be the closing ceremony, where the committee will declare closed the Games 2011 in Lignano and there will be symbolic passing of the flag of EMG to the next host city. Sure there will be also a delegation of the organizing committee of Turin, since the city will host in August 2013 the World Masters Games.

Everybody hope that tomorrow evening will be the ideal weather for a beautiful closing of this sporting event. In fact, as forecast, the rain arrived in the beach of Lignano during the night of Sunday and should continue to rain until Monday evening, then to make way for a nice Tuesday. If really the weather will be good, Tuesday evening at 8.30 p.m. the closing ceremony will take place on the stage of Beach Arena at beach office 7 in Lignano Sabbiadoro. On the contrary, the ceremony will move indoors in the Games Centre near the gym hall at the entrance of the city. During the ceremony there will be also a group of athletes that will exhibit in a demonstration of twirling and, besides to rotate the twirling sticks, they will use also special lighting equipments to create spectacular shapes in the dark and the fire sticks.

During the evening there will be then the speeches of various authorities to say goodbye and to thank the athletes, their teachers, the organizing committee and the volunteers, a very important group for the execution of these games in Lignano. In this group were involved many young people, especially students of the Technical Institute for Tourism of Lignano Sabbiadoro, which had the opportunity to take part in the organizational machine of a great event as the European Masters Games.

With regard to athletes and competitions, there have been many surprises, as the Russian Nina Naumenko, 86 years old, that has got the world record in the 5000 metres, repeating the record already obtained in the 400 metres. The Russian athlete is one of the older athletes in these Games of Lignano and she became the queen of this 2011 edition.

For the city of Lignano, Giuseppe Formenton is the pride with his gold medal in kumite, a discipline that is part of karate, and the beach futsal with the silver medal. A slight disappointment comes from the default of Ottavio Missoni, the fashion designer of 90 years, which unfortunately will not take part in the three competitions due to the after-effects of a illness.

For this moment, however, Italy stands out in the different sports of the European Masters Games, collecting many medals and personal and national records. These results are surely positive for the next World Masters Games, which will be held in Turin in 2013.

For the moment, Lignano is happy to have hosted a so special event, where there were super athletes who are parents and grandparents. That shows how sport and a healthy lifestyle allow to keep in shape for long time and even to compete at the highest level in the sport preferred. Anyone who wants to say goodbye to these wonderful athletes, can do it tomorrow evening, Tuesday 20th September at 8.30 p.m. at the Beach Arena in Lignano Sabbiadoro or in the Games Centre in Lignano Pineta.