Today, Matteo Belletti has picked up the recognition for the Torino 2025 Fisu Games’ logo by General Director of “Unito” Andrea Silvestri and Francesco Ramella, head of the departmenet of Cultures, Politics and Society of “Unito”
Matteo is a 24-year-old student from Turin, freshly graduated (March 2022) from the Faculty of Communication, ICT and Media at the University of Turin, who came out on top in a total list of 72 entries at the contest published on the official website www.wugtorino2025.com last fall.
The logo was unveiled in a planetary preview in January at the Dubai Universal Expo, a perfect window on the world, but this morning it was also celebrated in the heart of the University of Turin, in a ceremony that was also translated in real time into sign language.
Doing the honors was University of Turin’s Managing Director Andrea Silvestri: “Turin is the place where this event was born with the name Universiade back in 1959, so hosting the 2025 World University Winter Games is special for both the city and our University. We are looking forward to welcoming young people from all over the world, who will be able to cement relationships or create new friendships, even more so in this sad time, which has been ravaged by the ongoing war in Ukraine. We hope that these Games will represent a message of peace and unity. As for this morning’s Ceremony, we are excited to award a person from the United community, because Matthew is a perfect example of interdisciplinarity and the ability to mix different skills.”
In less than 3 years, Piedmont will be at the center of the university sports world, and the president of the Torino 2025 Organizing Committee and Edisu, Alessandro Ciro Sciretti, spoke on this topic: “These FISU Games will be an event of inclusion for the whole territory and for everyone. An openness demonstrated, for example, also by the choice to tell our Ceremony this morning in sign language. The fact that we carried out an ideas competition and then had a student design the logo is the method that will inspire us for all these years: the Universiade will be the great event of the students who will be protagonists in every phase of this event that will involve the whole of Piedmont, which, as you know, is a land of sports”.
The Torino 2025 World University Winter Games will bring many student athletes to Turin and Piedmont to represent their country. The relationship between the University and sports is very strong, and Corrado Lupo, the University’s representative on the board of CUS Torino and contact person for the Dual Career project at the University, spoke about this: “Dual careers were born in the early 2000s and then evolved with the 2007 facilities, which are not shortcuts, but targeted policies that put a student athlete in the best conditions. Recently, the University started the dual career United program, in synergy with the Agon Project, and in the first year of this program, from 24 participants in the Agon project, it has grown to a total of 72 student and female student athletes. In this project, there is also a focus on Paralympic athletes, Suism students who have won Italian titles, and students from outside the province of Turin”.
Next, Riccardo D’Elicio, president of the University Sports Center of Turin and deputy vice president of the 2025 FISU Games, an event aimed at student welfare, spoke: “The Turin 2025 Games will be by young people for young people. For me it is fantastic that a student from Turin won, despite the internationalization of the bid. Our universities express excellence in all areas, and the winner is an example of this: I hope that this event will involve our one hundred thousand university students who will make Turin an extraordinarily dynamic and lively city. Indeed, a unique city”. Among the goals that the Games Organizing Committee has set as a priority is the training of human capital and the creation of a new sports managerial class with 50% of the staff under the age of 40, 30% of whom are university students.
Then came the time for the celebration of the winner, Matteo Belletti, who was greeted by a well-deserved applause: “I was still a child when there were the 2006 Olympics and the past 2007 Universiade in our city, so I wanted to at least try to be a part of this event and decided to participate in the call. I am very excited and proud to have done something great for an important first-level event for Turin. Besides spending hours programming pc software, I am a sportsman and when I have time I go running because it helps me clear my mind and relax”.
The Turin student received the check worth 5,000 euros from Unito Director General Andrea Silvestri and Culture, Politics and Society Department Director Francesco Ramella.
The Road to Torino 2025 continues, not least because 2022 is the year in which Piedmont can boast the title of European Sport Region. The region is also at the heart of the FISU Games’ claim: Piemonte land of sport. Proof comes from the packed calendar of events that will keep us busy starting in the summer with the return to Turin of the World University Golf Championships, scheduled for July 20-23 at Royal Park I Roveri. And the surprises are not over.