February 2023, Year XV, n. 2
Sit on the Couch or Go for a Run?
Telos: In February 2020 you were nominated Chairman and CEO of Sport e Salute SpA. This company was founded in 2018, but few know its origins and tasks. Could you tell us about it?
Vito Cozzoli: The two words, Sport e Salute (TN: Sports and Health), highlight its soul and purpose: to promote sports and healthy lifestyles among the general population. The State created Sport e Salute SpA to send a signal that Italy is changing by giving importance to sports and by making sports an instrument of social policy.
It is a limited company whose sole shareholder is the Ministry of Economy and Finance, which plays a strategic role in coordinating and integrating institutional bodies, stakeholders, sports figures and companies. It implements sports development and sustainability policies by providing services in the general interest to promote sports, according to the recommendations of the relevant government Authority.
However, Sport e Salute is also tasked with and strives to modernise the Italian sports system, especially when it comes to promoting the social function of sports and broader issues like the elderly, schools, social marginalisation and welfare.
It sponsors initiatives to help people adopt healthy lifestyles and improve their own state of health through sports ...more
So, the Italians are no longer sedentary? We may still be, but we’re getting better. Three years ago we were the fifth most sedentary country in Europe. Now, we’re the eleventh!
“A slight recovery has begun.” That’s what the Eurobarometer survey of the European Commission says. “And this has allowed us to get ahead ofsome of our noble neighbours like Germany, Holland, Luxemburg, Belgium, not to mention Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia and Malta. In the last five years, about 3.5 million people have started doing sport.”
This is what our February guest for PRIMOPIANOSCALAc, Vito Cozzoli, Chairman and CEO of Sport e Salute S.p.A., wrote in his speech at the “Calcio & Welfare” (TN: Football & Welfare) forum in Naples last December ...more