Team Italy join special action to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth


Florence, Italy, September 11, 2018 – The stadium hosting Pool A matches of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2018 in Florence bears the name of former South African leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. If still alive, Mandela would have turned 100 this year.

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The Men’s World Championship is an opportunity to spread a message of hope and tolerance and with this in mind, the captains and coaches of the six teams due to compete in Florence received special t-shirts produced to commemorate 100 years since Mandela’s birth while attending Tuesday’s media meeting.

At the end of their training session at Mandela Forum, the full Italian national team paid a visit to a replica of the prison cell where Mandela spent 27 years of his life. The Azzurri took a special photo to commemorate this moment and pay tribute to such an outstanding leader and personality as the former President of South Africa.


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