ENEL INTER PARLIAMENTARY TENNIS EVENT FOR AFRICA
DUE PONTI SPORTING CLUB, ROME, SEPTEMBER 19/20 2009

WITH THE COOPERATION OF

THE FIRST INTER PARLIAMENTARY CHARITY TENNIS EVENT FOR AFRICA CLOSED SUCCESFULLY IN ROME 

Tonino Zugarelli (ITA) Gianluca Pozzi (ITA) Andrei Chesnokov (RUS) Jonas Svensson (SWE) Claudio Pistolesi (ITA) Vincenzo Santopadre (ITA)
Tuomo Puumala (FIN) Merikukka Forsius (FIN) Matti Saarinen (FIN) Konstantin Zatulin (RUS) Ildar Gimaletdinov (RUS) Yury Borisovets
Pierluigi Mantini (ITA) Gianantonio Arnoldi (ITA) Valerio Calzolaio (ITA) Roberto Zaccaria (ITA) Enrico Costa (ITA) Paolo Bonolis - showman (ITA)

 



The solidarity was the main protagonist at the Inter Parliamentary Charity Tennis for Africa over the weekend of September 19 and 20 2009.

The national tennis teams of parliamentarians from Italy, Finland and Russia played the charity event with an amusing performance at Due Ponti Sporting Club in Rome.

From Russian Federation took part one team with three deputies of the State Duma: Konstantin Zatulin, Ildar Gimaletdinov and Yury Borisovets. From Italy took part two teams, one with Pierluigi Mantini, Enrico Costa and Roberto Zaccaria, the second, and winner of the event, with Valerio Calzolaio and Gianantonio Arnoldi. From Finland took part one team with three parlamentarians: Matti Sariņen, Tuomo Puumala, the youngest Member of the tournament and Merikukka Forsius. 

Famous ATP champions joined the parliamentarians teams: Gianluca Pozzi and Vincenzo Santopadre from Italy, Jonas Svensson from Sweden and Andrei Chesnokov from Russia. Funny and aggressive matches of single and double took place in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere where the fundraising was animated by the organization of a raffle with tennis memorabilia. 

The program on Saturday offered an unusual double with Tonino Zugarelli (ITA) and Claudio Pistolesi (ITA) opposed to Vincenzo Santopadre (ITA)and the famous Italian showman Paolo Bonolis.

The donations were provided by each Country in favour of the DREAM project of the Community of Sant'Egidio for the Center for treatment of children with AIDS in Maputo - Mozambique. 

The initiative organized by the non profit Tennis for Africa Association, with the collaboration of ATP, was strongly supported by Enel with the assistance of the Municipality of Rome, and was carried out through the collaboration of some private companies and institutions and a large group of volunteers with advanced organizational skill in the sports sector. 

List of participants from the parliament of Finland, Italy and Russia:

Finland
# Mr Matti Saarinen, captain of the team, MP for the fiftht electoral period
# Mr Tuomo Puumala, player, MP Education and Culture Committee / Social Affairs and Health Committee.
# Ms Merikukka Forsius player MP - Education and Culture Committee

Italy, Team 1
# Mr Pierluigi Mantini  Captain of the team, player, MP, Commission for constitutional affairs
# Mr Roberto Zaccaria Commission Instituzional Affairs
# Mr Enrico Costa player Mp, Commission for justice

Italy, Team 2
# Mr Valerio Calzolaio Captain of the team, Player, former deputy
# Mr Gianantonio Arnoldi player, former deputy


Russia
# Mr. Konstantin Zatulin, Player, MP - Deputy of Committee
# Mr Ildar M. Gimaletdinov, captain of the team, player, MP - Committee for Economic policy and Enterpreneuship 
# Mr. Yury L. Borisovets, Player, MP - Deputy of Committee

Event Information:

Due Ponti Sporting Club owners: Emanuele Tornabuoni; Pietro Tornabuoni

Event direction: Lorenzo Turchi

Event marketing: Luigia Latteri

Coordination on courts: Maurizio De Gregori

Players' assistance: Salvatore Avallone


 

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